What are the Visa Fees and Plausibility in Saudi Arabia?
Since September 2019, Saudi Arabia has welcomed travelers from all around the globe through its E-visa programme. Visitors can get a year-long multiple-entry visa that allows them to stay in the nation for up to 90 days.
All Visit Visas, including e-Visa, Visa-on-Arrival, and Consulate Visas:
- The visa fees are SAR 300, plus SAR 180 including VAT for the new complete medical insurance that includes COVID-19 therapy, for a total of SAR 480.
- The length of time a visa is valid is determined on its category. A single entrance visa permits you to remain for one month, whereas a multiple entry visa allows you to stay for up to three months in Saudi Arabia.
- A multiple entry visa is only valid for three months, regardless of how many times you leave and return to the country during that time.
What are Saudi Arabia's guidelines and procedures for preventing COVID 19 during a visit to the country?
For all Visitors:
- Prior to your arrival, be sure you have a valid tourist visa. For health and safety considerations, visa on arrival is still suspended.
- Provide the results of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before to travel.
- COVID 19 insurance is required. All new tourism visa issuance contains this insurance. If you are arriving on a previously authorized tourism visa, you must pay an extra SAR 40 at the airport to provide insurance for any COVID-19-related medical bills.
If you have been completely inoculated against COVID-19 using WHO and Saudi Arabia-approved vaccinations:
- Quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated passengers who match the following criteria.
All tourists entering the country on a valid tourist visa must provide proof of having completed the following vaccinations:
- Pfizer BioNTech or Comirnaty in two doses
- Oxford AstraZeneca, Covishield, SK Bioscience, or Vaxzevria in two doses.
- Moderna or Spikevax in two doses
- Johnson & Johnson 1 dosage
- Travelers who have got two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccinations will be allowed if they have also obtained an extra dosage of one of the vaccines permitted in the Kingdom stated above.
If you are completely vaccinated against COVID-19 using WHO-approved vaccinations that are not recognized in Saudi Arabia, OR if you have only taken the first dose of any of the vaccines that are recognized in Saudi Arabia.
Travelers who do not have Saudi citizenship or residence must stay in a specified hotel for a five-day period of institutional quarantine. Following a positive PCR test on the fifth day after arrival, the quarantine will be released.
It is recommended that travelers arrange their quarantine package with the airline on which they are flying.
What are the best tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia has a diversified terrain that ranges from the sea to the desert, mountains to lively towns. Everything about the cities in Saudi Arabia is distinctive and worth seeing, from the lavish shops and towers in Riyadh to the hilly area of Abha, industrial tours to Al Jubail, and mosques in Medina.
The following are the top ten attractions that should not be missed:
- Kingdom Center Tower
- Red Sea Mall
- Jeddah Corniche
- Fakieh Aquarium
- Half Moon Beach
- Al Wahbah Crater
- Riyadh Zoo
- Silver Sands Beach
- Al Ula
- The Lonely Castle
When is a good time to visit Saudi Arabia?
The best time to visit Saudi Arabia is during the months of November to February. The weather during this time is pleasant and ideal for strolls around streets and markets. April to October are the hottest months and see less footfall.
How can a traveler travel in the kingdom?
In Saudi Arabia, private cars and taxis are the most prevalent modes of transportation. There is, however, a fully-functional transport & railway system in place with two main lines.
- Services provided by trains
The Saudi Arabian Railways Organization runs passenger trains between Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf, and Riyadh over a 449-kilometer route. With the train weaving its way over sand dunes, the 4-hour ride is incredibly scenic. A round-trip ticket should cost roughly $45 in total. A second Dammam-Riyadh line connects the two cities through Haradh.
- Services provided by bus
Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company operates inter-city buses, with 2,000 buses connecting Saudi Arabia's major cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Taif, Dammam, Abha, Gaseem, Tabuk, and Hael.
The buses are pleasant to ride, have air conditioning, are moderately priced, and are typically safe. Although most routes include rest breaks, there are onboard facilities and some buses serve food and beverages. Between Riyadh and Al Khobar, VIP bus services are available.
- By taxi
Taxis are often less expensive than in other Gulf states, and they are a popular mode of transportation because the public transportation system does not cover the entire country. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Transport enacted a "no hailing rule" in 2012, requiring all cab trips to be pre-booked.
- Services provided by trains
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