Tourist visa allows visits to Makkah and Madinah

September 30, 2019
Chairman of the SCTH Ahmad Bin Aqil Al-Khatib at the launch of the Saudi tourist visa recently. — SPA
Chairman of the SCTH Ahmad Bin Aqil Al-Khatib at the launch of the Saudi tourist visa recently. — SPA

Saudi Gazette report

Those willing to visit the Kingdom on tourism and discover its landmarks, can come to Saudi Arabia any time throughout the year.

The granting of tourist visas comes within the Kingdom’s plan to create one million jobs and reach 100 million tourists by the year 2030.

Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is that a tourist can perform Umrah by visiting Makkah and pray at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. The other important feature is women need not be accompanied by a male relative, other than in the Haj season, and there is no need for a sponsor (kafeel) the way it is required for work visas.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that simultaneously with marking the World Tourism Day, the Kingdom has begun issuing tourist visas to all wishing to visit the Kingdom from different parts of the world.

They can get their visas manually via the Kingdom’s missions and electronically without preconditions for 49 nationalities, including Europe, Asia and America.

In an interview to Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel, Chairman of the SCTH Ahmad Bin Aqil Al-Khatib said: “The Kingdom is celebrating the inauguration of the tourist visa for all visitors from all over the world. We look forward to tourism becoming the main source of income and a machine for creating many jobs for Saudis.”

Also the tourist visa does not exclude any one due to his religion or belief. The tourist can have multiple visits during the year, provided each visit does not exceed 90 days.

The ambassador of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Gerald Lawless said that the Saudi decision would raise the Kingdom’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3 to 4 percent because the world tourism market is growing at a rate exceeding 5 percent annually.

The announcement of the Saudi tourist visa, also witnessed the signing of contracts in the fields of real estate, food, utilities and services, worth over SR100 billion.

The representative of the Triple Five Group conglomerate Christos Marafatsos said the Saudi market provides a big opportunity and makes the Saudi market one of the best destinations.

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