Everyone who enters the Kingdom should have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and the appropriate visa.
Unless you are a visitor from a GCC country or in transit, all other nationalities require a visa to enter the Kingdom. Visas can be for business, tourist, transit, residency, family, Hajj, or conference attendance.
Visas can be obtained from the visa department in the Saudi Embassy of the visitor's home country or from Saudi Consulates available in all main cities around the world.
The cost of a visa is generally 200 Saudi Riyals however visitors should ensure that they check with the Saudi Embassy or Consulate.
Visas will not be issued for the following groups of people:
- An Israeli passport holder or a passport that has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp.
- Those who don't abide by the Saudi traditions concerning appearance and behaviors. Those under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted into the Kingdom.
- There are certain regulations for pilgrims and you should contact the consulate for more information.
- Jewish People
- If a woman is arriving in the Kingdom alone, the sponsor or her husband must receive her at the airport.
- Every woman must have confirmed accommodation for the duration of her stay in the Kingdom.
- A woman is not allowed to drive a car and can therefore only travel by car if she is accompanied by her husband, a male relative, or a driver.
- All visitors to the Kingdom must have a return ticket.
- Pilgrims must also have all valid documentation and a passport that is valid for 6 months.