Saudi Arabia e-Visa Application
Saudi Arabia e-Visa: Basic Information
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started its e-Visa program on September 27, 2019. An e-Visa for Saudi Arabia is an electronic document that tourists from eligible countries can apply for online before travel, eliminating the need to pursue the costly and time-consuming process of obtaining a traditional Embassy visa.
For eligible travelers, an online visa application, a recent photograph, and a valid passport are all that's needed for pre-approved entry to Saudi Arabia. All Saudi e-Visas are issued for purposes of tourism, which includes the pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah).
Read on to see if you are eligible to travel with a Saudi eVisa. If yes, you can apply through the Evisa Express website within minutes using our application form. An e-Visa to Saudi Arabia costs 149 euro.
All applicants can pay securely at the end of the application process. Once your application is approved, all you have to do is look in your email for your government-issued visa. The beautiful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is waiting for you!
Types of e-Visa
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offers only one type of eVisa to travelers:a multiple-entry tourist visa.
The Saudi Arabian tourist visa can be used for purposes such as travel for sightseeing or visiting family and friends. It also includes travel for the goal of participating in the pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah.)
Saudi Arabia does not offer an eVisa for business travel.
So, what are the characteristics of a Saudi Arabia tourist e visa?
- The Saudi Arabia tourist e-Visa is valid for 365 days from the date of issue.
- The e-Visa is a multiple-entry visa. You can enter and exit the country freely during the validity period.
- The e-Visa allows tourists to remain in Saudi Arabia for 90 total days out of the 365 days of validity.
List of eligible countries
If you're wondering whether your country of citizenship is eligible for a Saudi e-Visa, take a look at the list of eligible countries below.
If you cannot find your country on this list, then you are advised to contact your nearest Saudi Arabian Embassy in order to obtain a traditional paper visa.
Please note: Citizens and legal residents of Saudi Arabia, as well as citizens of member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), do not need a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia.
- Czech Republic
- Korea, South
- New Zealand
- Russian Federation
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
* including Hong Kong and Macau
If your nationality is not listed above, you should report to the embassy in order to obtain a regular Visa. The exceptions are citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia and residents of GCC countries who do not need a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia.
e-Visa Application Form
Evisa Express is a trusted provider of electronic visa application services online. We act as a link between travellers and the government of Saudi Arabia. We pre-screen all applications to make sure our applicants have the strongest possible opportunity for approval.
Look to the left-hand sidebar on this page - there, you'll find our application portal. Simply input your goal of travel (tourism,) as well as your citizenship, and hit "Apply online." You'll be taken directly to your online visa application.
About our application form
If you belong to one of the eligible countries listed above, and you are traveling for purposes of tourism, then it's simple to apply for your Saudi e-visa online. Our online form asks for key details about your trip, such as your passport details, email address, and home address.
Make sure that your passport will be valid at least 6 months from the time of application! You'll also be asked to provide information about your trip, including your projected date of arrival (entry) into Saudi Arabia.
We're aware that not all applicants know their exact date of entry at the time of application, so providing an estimate of the date is just fine. Finally, applicants will be prompted to attach a passport-style photo to the application.
After you've finished filling out the online visa application, you'll be invited to pay using a credit card or any one of our other secure online methods of payment. The Saudi Arabia visa is 149 euro.
The processing period is initiated as soon as your payment is accepted, at which point you will receive an email containing a confirmation number for your submitted document.
The processing period for your electronic tourist visa may take up to 72 hours, but many travelers find that their e visa is approved more quickly. Your approved Saudi visa will be sent to the email you provided on your visa application.
You don't have to print it out - your e visa will be automatically connected to your passport as soon as it's approved. We do, however, recommend saving a copy on your phone, just in case.
Entering Saudi Arabia
When you reach your point of entry, customs authorities will be able to see your visa in digital form as they're scanning your passport. All airports and seaports in Saudi Arabia are set up to accept electronic visas.
e-Visa Validity Period
Approval of an online visa application automatically triggers the start of the visa validity period. In the case of visas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the e-Visa is valid for 1 year from the date it was approved.
Tourists may enter and exit Saudi Arabia as many times as they need to during that year; each visit can be a maximum of 90 days. Keep in mind that the electronic visa to Saudi Arabia is issued for tourist purposes only.
The definition of "tourism" does include the pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah).
e-Visa Transit Information
Some countries require that travelers who simply wish to transit through the country on their way somewhere else need an e-Visa for transit. However, this is not the case for Saudi Arabia. Any traveler can transit through Saudi Arabia without a visa.
The only requirement is that you stay in the airport's transit area for the entire period of time before boarding your connecting flight.
Requirements on Arrival
All successful applicants are issued an electronic copy (PDF) of their e-Visa through their email. We recommend that you download this PDF onto your phone and have it available to show to any customs official who asks upon your arrival.
However, the Saudi Arabia visa system is very modern, and it is not not necessary to have a hard copy (print-out) of your electronic visa with you.
Your e-Visa will be digitally linked to your passport and customs authorities will be able to see this electronic copy automatically.
The only required document when filling out an online application for an e-Visa for Saudi Arabia is a passport-style photograph of the applicant.
Though you won't need to use your passport for the application process, it's important that your passport be valid for at least 6 months from your date of application. Applicants with passports whose validity extends for less than 6 months from the application date will be denied.
One of the benefits of working with Evisa Express is that we check every application for details like these.
If your passport does not have the required validity period, we will refund your money or hold your application until you can provide an updated passport.
- Participation in Umrah is only possible out of the Hajj season. To participate in Hajj you must apply for a special visa at the embassy (The Ministry of Hajj)
- Only Muslims can access the city of Mecca, while others can access the city of Madinah
- Participation in Umrah is also possible for unaccompanied male relativess
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Saudi Arabia. An exception is passports issued by the United States
- When traveling with a passenger under the age of 18, you are obligated to submit an application for a guardian of a minor
- e-Visa is accepted by all airports and seaports
Benefits of Evisa Express
- Easy application process
- Qualified team of experts
- Guarantee of service
FAQ for Saudi Arabia e-Visa
- What is e-Visa for Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia offers e-Visas to tourists from eligible countries (see the "List of eligible countries," above.) You can obtain a Saudi Arabia e-Visa online in 72 hours or less by filling out an application with Evisa Express and paying online with a credit card (the Saudi eVisa costs 149 euro.) Your approved Saudi eVisa will be digitally connected to your passport, and a PDF copy will be sent to your email. e-Visas are accepted at all Saudi airports and seaports. Once you have one, you have 365 days to enter and exit Saudi Arabia freely, with a maximum of 90 days per visit.
- How much is the e-Visa for Saudi Arabia?
The electronic visa for Saudi Arabia is 149 euro.
- Is Saudi E-visa valid for Umrah?
Yes, the Saudi Arabia e-Visa is valid for Umrah.
- How can I check my Saudi visa status online?
Your e visa (Saudi Arabia) expiration date will be written on the PDF of the e-Visa you received in your email. However, you can also check your visa status by reaching out to Evisa Express (if you originally applied through our services).
- Can I get Saudi visa on arrival?
Citizens from countries on the "List of eligible countries," above, are able to get a visa on arrival.
- I'm from the United States - am I eligible for an e-Visa to Saudi Arabia?
Yes, the United States is one of the eligible countries for an e visa. Saudi Arabia only issues e-Visas for tourism purposes, however, so US citizens seeking to travel for business will still need to apply for a traditional Embassy visa. Muslims from the USA who wish to complete the pilgrimage to Mecca, Umrah, are included in the tourist eVisa program and may apply for and travel with an e-Visa to Saudi Arabia.
- Who needs E-visa for Saudi Arabia?
If you can spot your country of citizenship on the "List of eligible countries," above, then you may be eligible for an electronic visa to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The other requirement is that you are traveling for tourism. There is no Saudi e-Visa for business or transit.
- How to get a visa for Saudi Arabia?
Tourists from our "List of eligible nations," above, can get a visa by filling out our online visa application with the necessary information and paying the 149-euro e-Visa fee. All other travellers should contact the nearest Saudi Embassy for information on how to apply for a traditional (paper) Saudi Arabia visa.
- How long does it take to get a Saudi Arabia e-Visa?
When you apply with our services for your e-Visa, Saudi Arabia will issue your approved electronic visa within a processing time of 3 business days (72 hours).
- How will I receive Saudi Arabia e-Visa?
All approved Saudi e-Visas are delivered to applicants via email.
- How to check visit visa expiry date in Saudi Arabia?
It's easy to check the expiry date of your visa. Saudi Arabia will have printed the date on the e-Visa PDF you received in your email. If you have misplaced your electronic visa, simply notify Evisa Express, and we will send you another copy at no charge.
- What documents do I need to apply for a Saudi Arabia e-Visa?
To apply for your online visa, the only document you need is a passport-style photograph. You won't be asked to upload a copy of your passport during the application. Remember, though, that your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of application in order for your e-Visa to be approved.
- Do children need an e-Visa for Saudi Arabia?
Yes, children do need an e Visa. Saudi Arabia requires that parents or legal guardians fill out separate applications for their children. The child's application must contain information about their legal guardian.
- What can I do if my Saudi Arabia e-Visa is denied?
It is rare that a country will deny a pre-approved e-Visa. However, Saudi Arabia does have the right to deny any visa, whether an electronic visa or a "traditional" Embassy visa. If your e-Visa is denied, we recommend that you work with the appropriate authorities to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, Evisa Express is not a part of the Saudi Arabian government, and we do not have a say in the decisions that Saudi customs officers make at each point of entry.
Three easy steps to get your e-Visa
- Apply online
- Fill out remaining required information and make online payment
- Check your email