What are the types of Visas in Saudi Arabia?

There are 8 types of visas available in Saudi Arabia depending upon the nature of your travel. Here is a list of those visas along with the documents required. You need to submit these documents at the nearest Saudi Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

  1. Tourist Visa of Saudi Arabia

The most recent type of visa introduced by the government of Saudi Arabia is a tourist visa. We have explained in detail the process to apply for this type of visa in Saudi Arabia in a separate article. Recommended: How to Apply for a Saudi Tourist Visa?

  1. Family Visit Visa

The second type of visa available in Saudi Arabia is called Family Visit Visa. Only Saudis and Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia can apply for this type of visa. We have explained the process in detail. Recommended: How to apply for a Family Visit Visa?

  1. Permanent Family Visa

The third type of visa available to come to Saudi Arabia is called Permanent Family Visa. This type of visa is only available for those residents of Saudi Arabia who have an eligible profession on their Iqama. We have explained the process in detail. Recommended: How to apply for a permanent family visa?

  1. Saudi Transit Visa

The Saudi transit visa is for those who do not wish to stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than 72 hours. This type of visa is generally for those who have flights scheduled wherein. There is no fee charged for it, yet you need to apply for the visa and submit the documents. Recommended: How to apply for a Transit Visa of Saudi Arabia?

  1. Business Visa

Business visa is required by those who are venturing on a business trip whereby they represent their company as an executive, investor, or other. We have explained the process to apply for this kind of Visa in Saudi Arabia in this link. Recommended: How to apply for a Business Visa in Saudi Arabia?

  1. Employment Visa or Work Visa

Those who want to explore employment opportunities in Saudi Arabia shall apply for an employment or the work visa. All the expatriates working in Saudi Arabia initially came on this type of visa and later converted into permanent residency or Iqama.

This iqama is issued by the General Department of Passports, under the Ministry of Interior. Recommended: How to apply for a Work Visa for Saudi Arabia?

  1. Hajj Visa

This type of visa is for those who wish to perform the religious obligatory act of Hajj in Saudi Arabia. There is no application fee for applying for Hajj visa, yet the pilgrims must bring forth the following documents.

Required documents to apply for Hajj Visa

  • Correctly filled the visa application form
  • A valid Passport (validity of at least two years)
  • Two passport-sized photographs in white background
  • Flight tickets (confirmed) to and from Saudi Arabia.
  • An official medical report copy that has been issued by a licensed physician

Any Muslim Female who wishes to apply for a Hajj visa shall be accompanied by an immediate male member of the family (i.e. father, brother, husband, or son).  Women of age above 45 are exempted from this, yet they are to travel in a group of females of the same age. They shall also hold a signed no objection letter from the male member of the family.

  1. Umrah Visa

Umrah again is a religious act. The Umrah pilgrims are exempted from visa fee. Those who have recently converted to Islam shall bring forth a certificate of conversion to Islam to apply for this kind of visa in Saudi Arabia.

Required documents for Umrah Visa

  • Correctly filled the visa application form
  • A valid Passport (validity of at least two years)
  • Two passport-sized photographs in white background
  • Flight tickets (confirmed) to and from Saudi Arabia.
  • An official medical report copy that has been issued by a licensed physician

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