Saudi Arabia to issue tourist visas in 2018

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz told AFP in December 2017 that “all government approvals” are in place for the launch of electronic visas starting with 2018  to “all nationals whose countries allow their citizens to visit” Saudi Arabia.

The regulations for eligibility and the process to obtain them are currently in the works, revealed the report. The cost of the new visa has not yet been revealed.

Currently, the Kingdom offers tourist visas to a limited number of countries; however, with a number of restrictions.

This follows a number of recent rules being changed, including announcing that women will be able to drive from June 2018, and lifting the ban on cinemas.

The tourism and hospitality industry is a key focus in this changing market, with nearly 1,300 additional keys added to Saudi Arabia’s hotel market in Q3 2017, and hotel investment in the Kingdom on the rise.

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