Saudi Vision 2030
The Saudi Vision 2030 is established based on three themes:
- An exciting or a vibrant society.
- A flourishing and a prosperous economy.
- A determined and ambitious nation in the world.
The Saudi Vision 2030 is now taking new shape and slowly and steadily bringing the Arab nation into the 21st century. Saudi Vision 2030 has several other goals as well, however, one of the principal objectives is the reduction of the country’s dependence on oil revenues and to diversify the country’s economy.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been actively following up for its goal and objectives set in the name of Saudi Vision 2030. The Government of Saudi Arabia has been quite successful up till now in achieving its desired goals.
All such motives and directions are taken to boost the overall economy along with ensuring the prosperity and well-being of the citizens and the residents of the country. Read more: Saudi Arabia Tourist visa opening in September 2019
The Recent Announcement of Issuance of Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa to 49 Countries
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that Saudi Arabia is allowing the foreign tourists from 49 countries around the world to visit Saudi Arabia to witness its different tourist places and cultural heritages. Read more: SCTH Announces Saudi Tourist Guides to Speak 11 Languages
The SCTH stated that launching the tourist visa was one of the targets to prepare the biggest Arab Economy for a Post Oil era and also for achieving objectives set by the Saudi Vision 2030.
The Visitors will be surprised after visiting Saudi Arabia Tourism places
The Saudi Tourism authorities claim that the Visitors will be surprised by the treasures we have to share which include 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a vibrant local culture and breathtaking natural beauty. Read more: Saudi Tourist Fell Down in River Nile While Taking Selfie
No Abaya OR Covering up required for the Foreign Women visiting Saudi Arabia on Tourist Visa
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will also relax the rules of its strict dress code for foreign women visiting Saudi Arabia on the tourist visa, allowing them to go without the ABAYA or Cover up fully that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women. Read more: Female Tourist Above 25 Yrs of Age Can Now Travel to Saudi Arabia Alone
Foreign Women will still be required to wear reasonable clothes
However, even though the Abaya will not be required for the foreign women visiting Saudi Arabia on the tourist visa but the foreign women, however, will be required to wear “modest clothing”.
The authorities did not clarify in detail the meaning of the Modest Clothing but it is assumed that it should be reasonable dressing covering the body at least properly. Read more: Top 8 Coldest Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia During Winter Season
Which countries will be eligible to apply for the Saudi Arabia Tourist visa?
The Tourists from the following countries will be eligible to apply for the Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa from 28th September, 2019:
- 38 countries in Europe,
- 7 Countries in Asia, as well as
- The Countries such as US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, will be eligible to apply for the new visas.
What will be the cost of the Saudi Tourist Visa?
The Tourist visa will cost SR300 ($80), with an additional cost of SR.140 for travel insurance.
What will be the Validity of the Saudi Tourist Visa?
The Tourists visas will be valid for 360 days from the date of its issuance. However, the Tourist on this visa can stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 90 days or less, and for a total period not exceeding 180 days in a single year.
How long will it take to obtain the Saudi Tourist Visa?
The Tourist Visa can be obtained by the residents of those 49 countries in any one of the below mentioned procedure:
- Through online via a seven-minute application process, or
- On arrival at machine kiosks in any of Saudi Arabia’s four international airports or; Special counters on the airports in any of Saudi Arabia’s four international airports.
What is the date of Start of receiving the Application for Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa?
Applications for the tourist visas will commence on Sept. 28. The visa announcement was teased via a website and on social media by way of a video campaign, hash tagged “Where in the world?” which featured several shots of Saudi landmarks and natural wonders, prompting viewers to guess where they might be.
According to SCTH, the website has garnered over 94 million views since going live. SCTH announced on Thursday night that they have established a SR15 billion fund to support tourism projects across the Kingdom, according to reports.
100 Invisible Saudi Tourist were invited to get initial responses
The Ministry claims that they had already conducted the field research by inviting 100 “invisible tourists” to Saudi Arabia to gauge public reaction to their presence, but also to garner their feedback on how they found Saudi Arabia and what could be improved.
What are the names of the Tourism locations in Saudi Arabia?
Locations such as AlUla, NEOM, and the Red Sea are all being touted as potential tourist locations, with many other areas of the country preparing to meet the expected crowds as well. The authorities also claimed that there are 10,000 historical locations all over the country, five of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Source: Arab News