Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – By August 1, 2021, Saudi Arabia opened its doors to tourists from 49 countries from around the world by simplifying all the procedures for obtaining multiple-entry electronic visas for a period of one year, allowing visitors to spend up to 90 days in the Kingdom.
The citizens eligible to obtain Saudi tourist visas are those from the United States of America, Canada, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Switzerland, San Marino, Spain, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), as well as Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand.
The terms and conditions for obtaining tourist visa and entering the Kingdom include full immunization with one of the approved vaccines in the Kingdom, in addition to a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours from the time of departure and registration in the Muqeem portal, Saudi Gazette reported.
Fully vaccinated are those who have received two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.
After a gap of almost one and a half years since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic early last year, the Kingdom has dedicated a website to register those who want to obtain tourist visas through the fast and easy-to-use online portal.
Tourists and visitors who belong to nationalities of 49 countries are eligible to apply for e-visa. They can perform umrah (the minor hajj) and experience diverse activities related to tourism across Saudi Arabia.
Tourists to the Kingdom are also required to register their data related to vaccination doses on the new electronic portal https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home, the Tourism Ministry said in a statement, adding that data is also recorded through the Tawakkalna application and is needed to be shown to enter public places.
To accommodate travelers, the Kingdom has upgraded the Tawakkalna application, allowing temporary visitors to register with their passport details.
The app is required for entry into both public and private entities as well as many public places in the Kingdom including shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Reporting by Indonesia Window