Saudi Gazette report
RIYAD – Since August 1, Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to tourists from 49 countries around the world. All procedures have been simplified to obtain a multiple entry electronic visa for a period of one year, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the Kingdom.
The general conditions for obtaining a tourist visa and entering the Kingdom include a full immunization with one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom, in addition to a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of the hour. departure and registration on the Muqeem portal.
After a gap of nearly a year and a half since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic early last year, the Kingdom has dedicated a website to register those who wish to obtain tourist visas through the rapid online portal and easy to use.
Tourists and visitors belonging to nationalities from 49 countries are eligible to apply for an electronic visa. Tourists can perform Umrah and experience various tourism related activities across the Kingdom.
They can enjoy the warm hospitality of the Saudi people, as well as the Kingdom’s rich heritage, vibrant culture and varied landscapes, from the Sarawat Mountains of the southern Abha region to the turquoise waters and beaches of the Red Sea, passing through the shifting dunes of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sea of sand, and other tourist destinations, cruises and islands.
Citizens of the following countries can obtain tourist visas: United States of America, Canada, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands , Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saint -Marin, Spain, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), as well as Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand.
The Ministry of Tourism announced last Thursday the decision to open the doors of the Kingdom to tourists and to lift the entry suspension for holders of tourist visas, as of August 1.
Tourists to the Kingdom are also required to register their vaccination dose data on the new electronic portal https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the data are also recorded through the Tawakkalna app and must be shown to enter public places.
To accommodate travelers, the Kingdom has upgraded the Tawakkalna app, allowing temporary visitors to register with their passport details. The application is required to enter public and private entities as well as many public places in the Kingdom, including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and places of entertainment.
Fully vaccinated people, according to the statement, are those who have received two doses of a vaccine approved in Saudi Arabia, namely Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.