Saudi authorities have recently amended the visit, hajj, and transit visa rules. According to reports, the following are the main changes in the visit visa rules in Saudi Arabia.
Two Types of Visit Visas.
Unlike before, from now on, Saudi Arabia will issue only two types of visiting visas:
- 3-Months Single-Entry Visit Visa
- 1-Year Multi-Entry Visit Visa
Previously there were four kinds of visitor visas: 3-months single entry visa, 6-months multi-entry, 1-year multi-entry visa, and 2-years multi-entry visa.
New Reduced Visit Visa Fees for All Nationalities
Previously the visitor’s visa fees for KSA depends on nationality. While some nationalities were enjoying lower visit visa fees, others were paying a higher fee. But from now on the visit visa fees for both single entry visit visa and one-year multi-entry visit visas for all will be SR 300.
Duration and Staying Period of Single-Entry Visit Visa
A single-entry visit visa will be valid for 90 days, meaning within 90 days of visa stamping one can enter the kingdom. But on a single-entry visit visa, one can stay only up to 30 days (one month). But the latest report says Jawazat will allow extending the one-month staying period of up to 6 months. However, you will have to renew the visit visa every month from Absher and it requires valid health insurance and visit visa renewal fees.
Duration and Staying Period of Multi-Entry Visa
On a one-year multiple entry visa, one can stay a maximum of up to 3 months at a time, but this can be renewed once up to 180 days. After that, you will have to leave the Kingdom to renew the multi-entry visit visa. Once you re-enter the kingdom again you can extend your visiting visa for up to 180 days.