DUBAI, 15 January 2018: Saudi Arabia announced at the weekend a list of countries whose citizens are now eligible for electronic tourist visas according to a report in Gulf Digital News.
Citizens of 25 European countries that are signatories of the Schengen agreement without border controls are now eligible, plus citizens of Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, South Korea and South Africa.
The issuance of the electronic visas to tourists hailing from the listed countries will start within the coming few weeks the online news channel stated.
The Saudi authorities have also announced guidelines regulating tourism trips organised by accredited tour operators, which also includes the issuance of necessary visas.
Authorised agents in Saudi Arabia will be responsible for all travel matters including clients’ transport, and accommodation in the country for the entire duration of the trip.
Tourists are required to travel to Saudi Arabia in groups of a minimum of four people.
Women under the age of 30 will be required to be in the company of a blood relative.
Itineraries are not allowed to include visits to Mecca and the Medina.
Tourists desiring to visit Saudi Arabia can also obtain entry visas through the offices of the Saudi Arabian Airlines, accredited agents abroad or through the “Discover the Kingdom” portal.