Visit Saudi

Registration and Fees

Applying for a tourist visa to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is easy. If you are from one of the 49 eligible countries, you can apply through the e-Visa website. Other countries need to apply through their nearest Saudi embassy or consulate.

All Visit Visas: including e-Visa, Visa-on-Arrival and Consulate Visa:


  • The fee for the visa is SAR 440. This includes the base fee (SAR 300) and health insurance (SAR 140). However, additional charges apply for VAT and payment processing.
  • The validity of the visa depends on its type. A single entry visa allows you to stay for a total length of one month, while the multiple entry visa allows you to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to three months.
  • A multiple entry visa is valid for a maximum of three months, regardless of whether you leave and re-enter the country during that period of time.

Application Information

  • Minimum age of applicants is 18 years old
  • Underaged applicantsrequire an individual above 18 years old to act as their guardian
  • When applying, the passport validitymust suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia*
  • Refund in case of rejectionis not possible. Visa fees are non-refundable
  • Overstay fees:SAR100 for each day of overstay when the visa expires without leaving Saudi Arabia. Religion of applicant is not relevant
  • Countries with bilateral agreementscan apply for the visit visa through e-Visa or visa-on-arrival, or through the consulate visa (USA, UK, South Korea and Japan)
  • Documents not requiredto obtain a visa:
      o Return ticket
      o Booking accommodation (only address is required)
      o A hard copy of the visa, although a soft copy is advised
  • Time taken to issue an e-Visais 5-30 minutes in most cases
  • Visa eligibility pre-checksare conducted by all airlines before boarding flights to Saudi Arabia
  • * For citizens of the USA, an extended validity of 6 months after the passport expiry date is permissible for application

Consulate Visa

  • Minimum age of applicantsis 18 years old
  • Underaged applicants require an individual above 18 years old to be the guardian
  • When applying, the passport validitymust suffice for at least 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia
  • Refund in case of rejectionis not possible, visa fees are non-refundable
  • Overstay fees:SAR 100 for each day of overstay
  • Religion of applicantis not relevant
  • Sponsor is not required for the visa application
  • Documents required include:
      o Proof of accommodation
      o Return ticket
      o Proof of employment
      o Bank statement
  • Supporting informationinclude:
      o Identification
      o Home address
      o Travel itinerary
  • Time taken to issue an e-Visa is 1-2 business days in most cases
  • Visa pre-checksare conducted by all airlines before boarding flights to Saudi Arabia.

Getting Here

  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Riyadh
  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) – Jeddah
  • King Fahd International Airport (DMM) – Dammam
  • Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) – Madinah
  • Taif International Airport (TIF) – Taif
  • Abha International Airport (AHB) – Abha
  • Hail International Airport (HAS) – Ha’il
  • King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (GIZ) – Gazan
  • Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport (ELQ) – Qassim
  • Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (TUU) – Tabuk
  • Prince Abdulmohsin Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (YNB) –Yanbu
  • Al-Jouf International Airport (AJF) – Jouf
  • Al-Ahsa International Airport (HOF) – Al Ahsa

Getting Around

Hiring a car is an efficient and cost-effective way to explore Saudi Arabia and visit the country’s many tourist attractions. Cars can be rented at airports, or in most cities, making it easy to get out and explore.

*In the case of any issue or problem do not hesitate to call 938

Taxis in Saudi Arabia are easy to find, particularly around busy locations such as shopping malls, hypermarkets and public parks. All are equipped with a digital meter detailing the fare, together with information on the driver and operating company. Some hotels offer cars for private hire too.

*In the case of any issue or problem do not hesitate to call 938

A number of ride-hailing apps operate in the Kingdom, including Uber and Careem. Just tap in your pick-up and drop-off locations and track your driver’s arrival online. Payment can be made either by cash or credit card.

*In the case of any issue or problem do not hesitate to call 938

Saudi’s railway system operates through three primary train stations:

  • Riyadh-Dammam connects Riyadh to the Eastern Region and passes through the following stations: Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf and Riyadh.
  • The North Train connects Riyadh to the north of Saudi Arabia and serves the following stations: Riyadh, Al Majmaah, Qassim, Ha’il and Al Jouf.
  • Haramain High-Speed Railway is the latest and fastest train in the Middle East, operating between the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah in western Saudi Arabia. It serves the following stations: Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) operates a comprehensive network of bus services across the Kingdom, linking all major cities, towns and villages. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the SAPTCO website.

Laws and etiquette

In public, both men and women are asked to dress modestly, avoiding tight-fitting clothes and items with profane language or images. Women should cover their shoulders and knees in public. (Consider packing blouses with sleeves, scarves or shawls for your shoulders and mid- to maxi-length skirts and dresses, capris or pants to cover your knees.)

Public displays of affection are not consistent with the local culture. Visitors should also avoid using profane language or gestures. For more information, search for “language and culture” on VisitSaudi.com.

During prayer time in Saudi Arabia, five times a day, music is turned off in public places and many shops close briefly. For one month a year, during Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. If you visit during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year in Islam, avoid eating or drinking in public during the day out of respect. Learn more about how to participate in Ramadan, whether you’re visiting Jeddah or Riyadh.

The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol are illegal in Saudi Arabia. It is also illegal to bring alcohol or drugs into the country, so plan to unwind with coffee or tea at one of the country many cafés instead.

currency and payments

Saudi Arabia’s national currencyis the Saudi riyal (ر.سSAR), which is subdivided into 100 halala. You’ll receive notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 riyals, and coins in denominations of 1 or 2 riyals and 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 halala.

The U.S. dollar is equivalent to SAR3.75 (fixed rate). Check out this SAR conversion calculator for quick conversions to help you plan your vacation budget. All banks in the kingdom offer currency exchange services. You can also find exchange bureaus at airports, some shopping centers and other locations throughout the country. Banking hours are generally from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to Thursday. (Exchange bureaus are often open later, although they may charge higher commission fees.) ATMs are widely available, and credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted throughout the kingdom. Many businesses also accept digital payment methods, such as Apple Pay.

You can send or receive money in Saudi Arabia by transferring funds online or through a bank that offers fast money transfer services, all of which are subject to the rules and regulations of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. For more, here is some guidance on international money transfers.

Saudi Arabia imposes an indirect tax of 15 percent (called a value-added tax, or VAT) on all goods and services with few exceptions. VAT is common in many countries as a way to diversify their revenue sources.

Apply for the eVisa

Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to the world through its new tourist visa. Through our fast and easy-to-use online portal, international visitors from eligible countries can apply for an eVisa and discover the warm hospitality of Saudi people: our rich heritage, vibrant culture, and diverse and breathtaking landscapes, from the mountains of Abha to the beaches of the Red Sea to the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter.The eVisa will be a one-year, multiple entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country.

North America

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Asia

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Oceania

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Climate and seasons

Spring in Saudi Arabia can be brisk, particularly in the north, where the temperature at night can drop to below 15 degrees. The central and southern regions are warmer, averaging around 20 degrees after nightfall. Rainfall is at its highest now, particularly in the central region and in the southwest over the Asir Mountains.

Summer signals the start of rising temperatures across much of the country, with the exception of the comparatively mild highlands in the southwest. The early mornings and long evenings are more temperate with gentle winds, so take advantage of the warm seas to explore Saudi Arabia’s world-class dive sites, or try your hand at other watersports.

Autumn brings gentler weather and cool breezes in both Saudi Arabia’s northern regions and the southwestern highlands. While daytime temperatures remain warm, evenings are mild and perfect for outdoor strolling along Jeddah’s waterfront, indulging in al-fresco dining, or visiting Al Ahsa’s cool desert springs.

Take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s beautiful winter weather to explore the Kingdom. The balmy days and cool nights are perfect for camping, rock climbing, or just exploring Saudi Arabia’s bustling cities and verdant highlands. You might even be lucky enough to see snowfall in the mountains of the northern regions, blanketing the slopes and desert sands.

Culture and language

Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia and the first language of all native Saudi people. It is the primary language used in all public transactions and the main language used by Muslims all over the world —as the Holy Quran is written in Arabic. However, English, which is a compulsory second language in schools, is widely spoken in the Kingdom. And all road signs are bilingual, showing information in both Arabic and English. “Salamalaykum,” meaning “peace be with you,” is a traditional Arabic greeting that can be used on all occasions. “Wa alaykumas-salam,” meaning “and unto you peace,” is the standard response.

Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom has undergone a significant cultural transformation, adapting centuries-old customs to fit the contemporary world. For example, while modest dress is still encouraged for both men and women — tourists are advised to avoid tight-fitting clothing, and women must cover their shoulders and knees — female visitors no longer need to wear an abaya and hijab (robe and head covering). Unmarried guests to the country may now stay together in hotels, and female tourists (as well as locals) may also drive.

Useful contacts

  • Police:999
  • Saudi Ambulance:997
  • Civil Defence: 998
  • For traffic accidents:993
  • Highway Patrol:996
  • Border Guard:994
  • Tourism Call Centre:930
  • Tourism International Call Centre:+966920000890
  • Najm Company:920000560
  • Passports:992
  • Saudi Public Security:989
  • General enquiries:905
  • Emergency medical consultation:937
  • Municipalities:940
  • Electricity company emergency:933
  • Ministry of Transport emergency:938
  • Enquiries related to Ministry of Commerce:1900
  • Consumer protection:935
  • General Directorate of Narcotics Control:995

Saudi Arabia’s country code is 00966 There are three mobile network providers in Saudi Arabia. These are

  • STC
  • Mobily
  • Zain

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