Saudi Arabia launches e-service for issuing transit visa for stopovers by air

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), in cooperation with relevant authorities and with the national air carriers, Saudia and Flynas, has launched the service of issuing traffic visa for visitors coming “by air” electronically.

This launch aims at facilitating visitors coming to the Kingdom for all purposes, and easing, and automating the procedures for obtaining an entry visa.

The visa allows those passing by and those wishing to enter the Kingdom to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque, in addition to moving around and attending tourism events. The transit visa for stopovers comes into effect on, January 30, 2023, immediately.

The Ministry stated that the service can be availed by submitting a request for a transit visa through the electronic platforms of Saudi Airlines and Flynas, to be automatically passed to the unified national platform for visas in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to process and issue the digital visa immediately. and send it to the beneficiary via e-mail.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the digital transit visa service will contribute to achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by strengthening the Kingdom’s position, and benefiting from its distinguished strategic location as a hub linking continents, a station that attracts transients, and a global tourist destination.

The transit visa for the visit will be issued free of charge and immediately with the travel ticket, and its validity extends to three months, and residence in the Kingdom for a period of 4 days.

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