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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it has reinstated the visa-on-arrival program which allows holders of valid US, UK and Schengen area visas to enter the country .

This step comes two weeks after the Kingdom lifted all restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Countries that allow their citizens to enter Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa include the United States, Canada, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Hungary. , Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Switzerland, San Marino, Spain, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Nationals of the aforementioned countries holding one of the three visas, traveling via Saudia, Flynas and Flyadeal airlines can obtain a 12-month tourist visa upon arrival in the Kingdom, without the need to submit an application in advance.

Holders of a valid visa for the United States, the United Kingdom or the Schengen area must use it at least once to enter the area where the visa was issued, before entering Saudi Arabia.

Visa on arrival is available to residents of states qualifying for the e-visa program launched in 2019, and all visitors must have medical insurance for COVID risks, which can be obtained at all airports in the Kingdom at their destination. arrival.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb said: “Today, the Kingdom is among the most accessible destinations in the world for tourism, work and Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, which will promote accelerated growth in the sector. tourism and employment and investment opportunities. »

He renewed the invitation to all visitors and tourists from all over the world to enjoy the treasures of Saudi tourism, destinations, monuments, culture, heritage, generosity and hospitality for which the Saudi community is known.

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