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Revealed: How much Saudi Arabia's new visa fees will cost you

Gulf kingdom brings in revised visa regime as part of efforts to boost non-oil revenues

Revealed: How much Saudi Arabia's new visa fees will cost you

Saudi Arabian authorities have finalised the details of a revised visa regime that ramps up fees from Sunday, local media has reported.

The new regime introduces visa fees for religious tourists for the first time, in a move intended to help boost non-oil revenues in the kingdom.

First-time pilgrims are exempt from paying fees, local media reported, but second-time and subsequent visits incur a cost of SR2,000 ($533) fee for a single-entry visa. Business travel visas also incur a SR2,000 fee for the first time.

For all other visitors, visa fees have been increased. A multiple-entry visa now costs SR3,000 ($799) for six months, SR5,000 for a year and SR8,000 for two years.

This compares with a SR515 ($137) fee for multiple-entry visa for travellers from the UAE.

GCC nationals are excluded from all visa fees, however, expats with a residency permit in Saudi Arabia must obtain exit and re-entry permits for travel to and from the kingdom.

The revised exit and re-entry visa fee for residents is SR200 ($53) for a single trip for two months, and a further SR100 ($26.6) for each additional month.

Exit and re-entry visa fee for multiple trips is SR500 ($133) for three months, plus SR200 for each additional month. The transit visa fee has been fixed at SR300 ($79.9), and the exit visa fee for anyone leaving the kingdom through sea ports will be SR50 ($13).

The General Directorate of Passports announced the new visa regime in August. The changes take effect on Sunday.

Nezaud 3 years ago

You did not mention that, "bilateral agreements exempt tourists & travellers of paying such high amounts !!!!!".

Farooq Rumane 3 years ago

GCC nationals are excluded from all visa fees, however, expats with a residency permit in Saudi Arabia must obtain exit and re-entry permits for travel to and from the kingdom.

If GCC nationals are also excluded from Umrah fees as well than this doesn't seem to be just. Are Muslims from other countries any less in Emaan or in the sight of Allah. May Allah ease the affairs of the ummah. Aameen.

Box 3 years ago

Still it did not mention the Family Visit Visa fee and for the Permanent Dependent Visa fee.
This is what most of the expats wants to know

Sameer Ali 2 years ago

Making Umrah harder for muslims.... itself is a non islamic act for any islamic state. Do not bring money and business and sell religion. Facilitate instead of put restrictions and increase huge amount.....