The free-of-charge Stopover Visa is open to a wider number of countries than the historic tourism eVisa. It will allow passengers to stay in the country for up to 96 hours, enabling more visitors to explore Saudi’s historical, cultural, and spiritual sites.
Stopover Visa holders will be eligible for a complimentary one-night hotel stay during the stopover when booking through SAUDIA. Custom 24, 48, 72 and 96-hour itineraries have been developed to inspire visitors to stroll through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, or visit the Al-Turaif district in Diriyah, one of Saudi’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Stopover Visa application will be automatically available through the airline booking platforms for all passengers travelling to their final destination on SAUDIA or flynas airlines. A stopover can be made through any airport in Saudi.
For many, the application process can be completed in under three minutes and can be applied for up to 90 days before travel.
Travellers will also be able to use the Stopover Visa to perform the spiritual Umrah ritual, a journey taken by every Muslim to acknowledge Allah. Spiritual travellers can book flights through SAUDIA and flynas, but must also register for Umrah through the Nusuk platform.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, and Chairman of the Board of Saudi Tourism Authority, said: “The new Stopover Visa is yet another proof point in Saudi’s commitment to developing and encouraging growth in the tourism sector.
“It is open for travellers passing through Saudi on our national carriers whether for leisure, business or Umrah. We will continue to work together across the government and the tourism ecosystem as Saudi transforms into a leading global tourism destination.”