How can Indian and Pakistanis apply for Saudi Tourist Visa?

Last updated on October 22nd, 2019 at 11:46 am

Saudi Arabia has launched a system to issue an online or on arrival tourist visa to the nationals of 49 nationalities which unfortunately does not include India, Pakistan and the Philippines. People living in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and all other countries want to know how to apply for a tourist visa to enter Saudi Arabia?

People with Schengen, American and the UK Visa

The authorities have made a major announcement that Indian, Pakistanis, Filipinos and people other than the above-mentioned 49 countries who want to apply for a tourist visa online or get an on-arrival visa of Saudi Arabia, can get it very easily if they have a valid Schengen, American or the USA visa stamped on their passport.

For example, if you are from India, Pakistan, the Philippines or any other country which is not given above and have a valid Schengen, American or the UK visa stamped on your passport, you can get the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia either online or on arrival.

How can Indian and Pakistanis apply for Saudi Tourist Visa?

  1. Get the application form

First of all, you need to contact the Saudi embassy or Saudi consulate in your country to get the form that you need to fill to apply for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.

People living in UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Maldives, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan can contact VFS Tasheel to apply for the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.

  1. Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria must be met to get a Saudi tourist visa.

  • Passport with a validity of 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia
  • The candidate must be 18-years old or be accompanied by an adult guardian
  • The address of Accommodation or Hotel Booking
  1. Required Documents

Indians, Pakistanis and all other nationals who are not listed in the list of countries eligible to get an on arrival or online tourist visa, have to submit the following documents while applying for the visa through the Saudi consulate or embassy.

  • Manually filled application form
  • Original Passport
  • Hotel Booking
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of employment
  • Bank statement
  • Supporting information includes: ID, home address, travel itinerary
  1. Fee for the Saudi tourist visa

The total fee to apply for a Saudi tourist visa for Indian, Pakistanis and all other nationalities is  SR 463 with the following breakup. You can pay the fee at the embassy or consulate. Please keep in mind that the tourist visa fee of Saudi Arabia is non-refundable even if the visa is rejected by the Saudi authorities.

  • Saudi Tourist Visa fee:   SR 300
  • Insurance Fee: SR 140
  • VAT 5%: SR 22
  • Transaction Fee: SR 8.44
  • Total: SR 463
  1. The validity of Saudi Tourist Visa

The tourist visa of Saudi Arabia issued to Indian, Pakistanis and all other nationalities is a multiple entry visa with a validity of 1 year. However, the maximum duration of stay in one go cannot increase 90 days. It means that although the visa is valid for 90 days, you will be required to exit the country every 90 days.

As it is a multiple-entry tourist visa, so you can visit Saudi Arabia as many times as you want during the validity period of the visa. It is also important to note here that there is no extension of this class of visa. In case you overstay, you will be fined SR 100 for each over-stayed day.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.