Saudi tourism push set to draw UAE travellers with new 30-day visit visas from April
Tourism to Saudi Arabia is set to receive a massive boost from next month as the country unveils plans to issue mass tourism visas. The 30-day entry visas will be available to citizens of all eligible countries and will be open to single women who will be able to travel around without a male guardian.
Previously, most visitors to Saudi Arabia were Muslims visiting to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage, or those on business trips. Tourist visas were only issued on an intermittent basis, and only for select group tours. It was particularly difficult for young single women to visit the kingdom.
While the date is not set in stone, the visa scheme is believed to come into effect in April.
The National spoke to several tourism operators in Saudi Arabia on Monday, however, they were unable to provide the exact date tourists would be able to start applying for the visa. It was also unclear what the process would entail.