Saudi visa & tourism related frequently asked questions are answered

Frequently Asked Questions

Saudi eVisa facilitates the visa holder a three-month stay in the country for travel and tourism purposes and is available to 51 eligible countries' nationals. Saudi tourist visa or Saudi eVisa has a validity of 1 year from the date of issue. It’s an electronic visa where you need to submit the visa application online through this website for a certain amount of visa service fee. Within the processing time, your visa approval letter will get approved, and you will be ready to go to Saudi Arabia.

There are two types of Saudi eVisa processing. Regular and Express, which enables almost instant to 2 working days max. But we always suggest our applicants to apply at least 6-7 working days before as there might need to be multiple changes and revisions.

Currently, 51 countries' nationals are eligible to apply for Saudi eVisa. To check your eligibility, please click here.

Once you complete the application procedure, you will be directed to payment methods, from where you can select the payment methods that are suitable for you. At present, we support almost all payment methods, i.e., debit or credit card, bank wire, Western Union, MoneyGram, etc.

Saudi eVisa is valid for 12 months or one (1) year from the date of issue. This is a multiple-entry visa where the maximum stay period is three (3) months consecutively.

All applications or visa registrations in SaudieVisa.com are highly secure as every information you provide to the SaudieVisa.com website is encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption to ensure the protection of your privacy. In addition, all personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy, it is highly secured with confidentiality and is never disclosed, shared with, or sold to third parties unless required by law.

You can check your visa status online from our website. Simply log in to the website with your registered email and password with us. Select the dashboard, and you will see all the information about your Saudi Arabia visa. You also get to download your visa from the dashboard whenever you want, 24/7.

Any foreign citizens applying for a Saudi Arabia eVisa gets to enjoy medical insurance along with the visa processing fee. There is no additional fee for the medical insurance; rather, it is included in the visa fee.

When your visa expires in Saudi, you will have to apply for a new one. The best thing to do is to apply beforehand when you have validity, as it takes a few hours to get a new visa. You will not be able to renew your old visa.

Saudi Arabia eVisa does not come with any extension option. You will have to apply for a new one when you are nearing the validity period.

Here are the National Emergency Numbers in Saudi Arabia:

  • Police assistance: 999/ 911
  • Fire Emergency Response: 998
  • Car Accidents: 993
  • Public Ambulance Services: 997
  • Natural Disasters: 966
  • Coast Guards: 994
  • General Emergency: 112

Here are the countries that can have visa on arrival. Although you might be eligible for a visa on arrival, we suggest you to apply for a visa before coming to Saudi Arabia. A sudden change in immigration rules might not allow you a visa on arrival sometime.

The answer is no. You cannot work with an eVisa in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi eVisa is granted to perform Umrah, spend holidays, and attend business conferences.

Here is a list of items that are not allowed in Saudi Arabia:

  • Any drinks or foods containing alcohol. This includes any food extract, cooking wine, or liquor.
  • Wine-making kits or alcohol-distilling equipment.
  • Books on producing any harmful substances or alcohol.
  • Narcotics.
  • Medicine of any sort (for individual use) without any prescription.
  • Hazardous chemicals.
  • Radio transmitter or communication equipment (walkie-talkie, VHF, police band equipment, etc).
  • Pork or any product containing pork.
  • Any object that is used for religious purposes (statue, carving).
  • Taxidermy, ivory, and fur products.
  • Pornographic materials.
  • Books and artifacts go against the Islamic beliefs.
  • Black magic-related artifacts, books, and objects.

Other than the things mentioned in the above list, you can bring permissible goods. We urge you to check the list of items that are not allowed before you pack on your visa and air ticket.

The answer is yes. An unmarried couple can stay in the same room in a hotel. You will need your passport information to book your room. Otherwise, there is no law that prohibits an unmarried couple from staying in the same room in Saudi Arabia.

There are no restrictions to perform at any time of the year. The only time it is not permitted is during Hajj season, which takes place after Ramadan. As there is a rush in Hajj pilgrims, the Saudi government urges Umrah pilgrims to apply after the Hajj season.

Sadly, you cannot take Zam Zam water inside your checked luggage. You cannot carry any self-filled Zam Zam water bottle either. But you will be able to buy Zam Zam water packed by the factory at the airport. This will be allowed with you on the flight. A passenger can carry five (5) liters of ZamZam water with them depending on their flight rules and regulations.

Saudi Arabia is relatively safe among the countries of the Middle East. The crime rate is low, and law enforcement is always there to assist and help tourists. You should stay cautious if you are traveling to any border area.

There are no restrictions on clothing for women in Saudi Arabia. As of the new tourist-friendly rules, you have to wear modest clothes that aren't tight fitting. Any dress or clothing that covers your body and is below the knee is fine. There is no need to wear an Abaya or headscarf.

Any tourist can bring 200 cigarettes or 500gm of tobacco for individual consumption. If the number exceeds, it will be confiscated. Smoking is prohibited in a list of public places and indoor environments. Make sure you check the signs where it is permissible before lighting a cigarette.

Eating pork is illegal in Saudi Arabia as it is prohibited in Islam. So you will not find any commercial marketing of pork or related products. It is also illegal to bring pork and pork-related products into the country.

Yes, you can bring vitamins and medicines to Saudi Arabia if you have a doctor's prescription. If you bring any type of medication (including insulin for diabetic patients) without a doctor's prescription, it will be confiscated.

The main difference between a Saudi Umrah visa and a Tourist visa is the purpose. An Umrah visa is granted to a Muslim pilgrim who can use it only to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia. A tourist visa is granted to any eligible foreign national who can use it to perform Umrah, visit friends and family, or attend business meetings. Also, the tourist visa or an eVisa has a multiple entry facility and one (1) year of validity. An Umrah visa, on the other hand, has a single entry option and lesser validity.

Although there are a lot of questions in our list, we understand you might have specific queries. We welcome you to send us a message with your questions from our contact page. Gladly, we will come back with your answer shortly. You can also use the Live Chat feature for faster responses.

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