If you have a stay over in Saudi Arabia for more than 12 hours or you want to travel to another country through KSA, you will have to apply for a Saudi transit visa. Many people book a ticket through Saudi Airlines and arrange a 72-hour transit visa from Saudi Airlines to perform Umrah.
On the basis of 72-hour transit visa from Saudi Airlines, they get out of Jeddah Airport and go to perform Umrah to Makkah. This is one of the reasons it is also called Jeddah transit visa. Jeddah and Makkah are on a distance of 1-hour drive. You can book a hotel there online and perform Umrah. Here is a trick to save SR 55 or $15 on your next Hotel booking through booking.com.
In this article, I will be explaining the procedure to apply for Saudi Arabia layover visa. Keep in mind you will have to apply for a Saudi transit visa before traveling from your destination.
Do I need a transit visa for Saudi Arabia?
It is very important to mention here that you will have to apply for a Saudi transit visa if your stay at the airport is of more than 12 hours. If your stay is more than 12 hours and you don’t have a visa, immigration authorities in your country will not even allow you to board the plane.
However, there are some nationalities which can get visa free entry or an on-arrival visa to Saudi Arabia. If you are national of one of those countries, you don't need to arrange a transit visa.
Can I apply for the transit visa of Saudi Arabia?
Women cannot apply for a Saudi transit visa alone if someone from their Mahram relatives is not traveling with them. Moreover, transit visas are not issued during Ramadan and Hajj season.
Although the transit visa is open to all nationalities. It is unlikely to be accepted from Pakistan unless you have a good reason to prove that you will not overstay in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, Saudi Arabia transit visa for Indian citizens is issued after strict scrutiny.
How to Apply for Transit Visa of Saudi Arabia?
Step 1: Payment of Saudi transit visa Fee
First of all, you will have to submit an application and make payment of Saudi transit visa fee online. The name of the website is Enjaz and Saudi Government has outsourced this activity to them.
Just open the website from this link. You will have to select “Individuals” > “Visa Services” > “Application for Visa from Saudi Mission Abroad”. It is also shown in the screenshot below.
After that, you will have to agree to the terms and conditions on two pages. Just click on the button “Agree” as we always do with the terms and conditions. A new screen will be opened in the screenshot below.
You will have to enter all your details in it along with a picture of 200 X 200 size. Select the type of visa as “Transit Visa”. After completing all the information in the application, you just need to click the “Save” button.
After this, you just need to make payment for the Saudi transit visa fee. It is pretty simple after that as the window is very user-friendly.
You just have to pay $10.5 as transit visa fees. Take a print of the last page of the visa application form where the application number of your visa is mentioned.
Step 2: Saudi Arabia transit visa requirements
You need to send all the below mentioned documents to apply for the transit visa so make sure that you arrange them. We have provided Saudi Arabia transit visa requirements below.
- Passport with validity of at least 6 months
- Residence permits of the country from where you are applying. It is needed if you are not applying from your national country.
- One recent passport sized photograph
- A Saudi Visa questionnaire filled out and signed
- Declaration of Saudi laws signed
- Booking of the ticket confirming your stay over in Saudi Arabia
- Print of the visa application submitted through Enjaz
Step 3: Mail all the documents to the Saudi Embassy
In the next step to apply for the transit visa, you have to mail the documents to the Saudi Embassy in your country. However, I would suggest you not to mail but personally visit the Saudi Embassy in your country and submit your application there so that they can be accountable for it.
Generally, it takes a week to process the Saudi transit visa. You will have to submit the documents to the window designated for this. The officer there will ask you the reason to visit Saudi Arabia and you will have to tell him the reason.
Step 4: Questions asked by the Saudi Embassy
There is a rare possibility that the Saudi Embassy or the Saudi Consulate to whom you have submitted the application for the Saudi Transit Visa might call you to ask about a few questions. Normally, they ask the following questions before making the decision to grant or refuse the visa;
- Why are you going to Saudi Arabia? Don’t say that you want to perform Umrah otherwise, your application will be immediately rejected as they want you to apply for an Umrah visa to perform Umrah.
- Why haven't you booked the ticket from Saudi Airlines? In case you have booked a ticket from an airline other than Saudi Airlines, get ready to answer the question. A logical answer is that you found the ticket from that airline very cheap.
- How long are you going to stay in Saudi Arabia? The answer should be 1 or 2 days even if you are planning to stay for the full 72 hours.
Step 5: Collect your Passport from the Saudi Embassy
Although they say that it will take 7 days to process the Saudi transit visa but it is better to go after 3,4 days of the deadline to avoid any problem.
I hope you will get it very easily. If the visa has been processed, you should take care of some points. Don’t even think to overstay in Saudi Arabia for a single hour. You will have to pay $750 per overstayed day in Saudi Arabia.