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.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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