Visa To Saudi Arabia For US Citizens

Guide for American citizens

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has earned a reputation as a highly unique and rewarding place to visit. Until recently, only a privileged few could enter its borders and witness its serene deserts, starlit nights, and thriving cities. Today, Saudi Arabia is becoming more accessible to visitors since introducing its electronic visa (eVisa) program for tourists, but no matter how modern the entry process becomes, the Kingdom’s unique feeling of discovery remains.

Though Saudi Arabia is increasingly easy to visit, it could be said that its uniqueness extends to its visa policy, as well! There are some details that could seem a bit unusual to visitors who haven’t been there before. Don’t worry, though – Saudi Arabia is definitely interested in attracting visitors, especially from the United States, so the requirements aren’t difficult to fulfill. In this article, we break down the basics so you can understand exactly how to apply, what kind of visa you’ll be getting, and a few extra pieces of info that set the Saudi Arabian visa process apart from that of other countries.


  1. What kinds of eVisas does Saudi Arabia offer?
  2. What is the application process like?
  3. What special details do I need to know while traveling to Saudi Arabia?

1. What kinds of eVisas does Saudi Arabia offer?

The most practical option for American tourists is hands-down the electronic visa (eVisa). Inexpensive and quick to obtain when you apply with Evisa Express, the eVisa for American citizens comes in a few different types:

  • Type 1 is a single entry eVisa that allows you to remain in Saudi Arabia for up to one month. You can only enter Saudi Arabia once (your first date of entry.) If you leave Saudi Arabia during that time, you will have to get a new eVisa in order to reenter.
  • Type 2 is multiple entry eVisa that allows you to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to three months. This visa remains valid for the entire three months, and you can enter and leave the Kingdom as many times as you like during that time.

Although you may apply for another eVisa after your visit is complete, keep in mind that tourists may not stay in Saudi Arabia more than 180 days in a twelve month period. Also remember that overstaying your visa may result in being fined for each extra day, or perhaps more serious consequences.

What is the application process like?

The application process for American citizens seeking a visa to Saudi Arabia is simple when you apply with Evisa Express. With a recent, passport-standard photo, a scan or digital photo of the bio-page of your passport, knowledge of your basic trip itinerary, and an online payment method, your application can be completed quickly. After that, all you have to do is wait – your approved, official eVisa from the Saudi Arabian government will arrive in your inbox as a PDF. And our trained team of eVisa experts is here to help you through the process, 24/7.

What special details do I need to remember while applying for my Saudi Arabian eVisa?

If you’re thinking of applying for a visa to Saudi Arabia, keep the following facts in mind:

  • Make sure your dates match up! According to the US State Department, dates in Saudi Arabia are calculated with a different calendar, called the Hijri calendar. Double check to make sure that the dates you want to go, are the dates you’re actually going.
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Travelers who are younger than 18 must have a legal adult (over 18) to apply for them and act as their guardian during the trip.
  • Make sure to pay careful attention to the validity period of your eVisa. If you overstay your visit, you may be charged a fine for each day in the Kingdom after your visa’s expiration date, or run the risk of more serious consequences.
  • Most tourists to Saudi Arabia need to prove that their passport will be valid for at least 6 months past the date that they will enter the Kingdom. There is an exception for American citizens, however: Americans may stay in Saudi Arabia for a maximum of 6 months after their passport expires, as long as their eVisa is still valid.

Apply today and experience the uniqueness of a desert Kingdom

Without a doubt, there’s nowhere like Saudi Arabia. Thanks to the government’s new eVisa program and the expert service at Evisa Express, tourism is more accessible than ever – transforming the magic of the Kingdom from a mystery, into a treasured memory. Evisa Express: You take care of your trip; we take care of your visa.

Dawid Stawiarski
11 March 2020
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