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Saudi Foreign Ministry launches e-visa service at 7 countries

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new initiative, canceling the visa sticker on the passport and switching to e-visa with a QR code.

This comes as part of the Kingdom’s digital transformation plans as part of Saudi Vision 2030. The new procedure is part of the digitalization of the ministry’s consular services, including work permits, residence, and visit visas.

As the first stage, the new procedure has been activated at the Kingdom’s diplomatic missions in the United Arab Emirates, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of the Philippines.

This comes following similar steps forGulf GCC community residents to obtain a visit e-visa for tourism in March.

Moreover, in January, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign ministry launched an electronic service that will allow passengers stopping over in the Kingdom to obtain an entry visa.

The transit visa for stopovers allows entry to Saudi Arabia for people in transit who wish to perform Umrah, visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and tour the Kingdom.

 

In 2022, Saudi Arabia launched an electronic visa processing app for pilgrims planning to perform Umrah. The visa will be issued within 24 hours of applying.

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