Saudi Arabia intends to resume tourist visas at the beginning of...

In the event that things improve and there is a vaccine for “Corona”, the date will be early

Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib said that Saudi Arabia intends to resume issuing tourist visas by the beginning of the new year 2021, after months of suspension, amid tight government restrictions to combat the spread of the Corona virus.

Al-Khatib said in a remote interview with Reuters: Regarding the tourist visa, so far we are talking about the beginning of next year. If things improve, or if there are positive developments regarding a vaccine, it is possible to expedite and early (the date).

Tourism is a key pillar of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform strategy to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil.

Al-Khatib said that the tourism sector was severely affected and is expected to witness a decline of 35% -45% by the end of the year. However, the focus on domestic tourism during the summer mitigated the damage.

He continued: We witnessed a very strong summer after the lockdown period. We’ve seen domestic tourism grow by 30% year-on-year, which exceeds our expectations.

Saudi Arabia, which opened its doors to foreign tourists in September 2019, aims to launch a new visa system for visitors from 49 countries, and the sector will contribute 10% to GDP by 2030.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi Summer Campaign, which promoted dozens of tourist destinations at home, from beaches and forests to mountain tops and historical regions, encouraged citizens and residents to visit them instead of spending their vacation abroad, and led to an increase in the average occupancy rate in hotels to 80%.

Ministry of Tourism
Minister of Tourism
Ahmad AL khateeb

Saudi Arabia intends to resume tourist visas at the beginning of the new year 2021
Khaled Ali
Previously
2020-09-27

Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib said that Saudi Arabia intends to resume issuing tourist visas by the beginning of the new year 2021, after months of suspension, amid tight government restrictions to combat the spread of the Corona virus.

Al-Khatib said in a remote interview with Reuters: Regarding the tourist visa, so far we are talking about the beginning of next year. If things improve, or if there are positive developments regarding a vaccine, it is possible to expedite and early (the date).

Tourism is a key pillar of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform strategy to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil.

Al-Khatib said that the tourism sector was severely affected and is expected to witness a decline of 35% -45% by the end of the year. However, the focus on domestic tourism during the summer mitigated the damage.

He continued: We witnessed a very strong summer after the lockdown period. We’ve seen domestic tourism grow by 30% year-on-year, which exceeds our expectations.

Saudi Arabia, which opened its doors to foreign tourists in September 2019, aims to launch a new visa system for visitors from 49 countries, and the sector will contribute 10% to GDP by 2030.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi Summer Campaign, which promoted dozens of tourist destinations at home, from beaches and forests to mountain tops and historical regions, encouraged citizens and residents to visit them instead of spending their vacation abroad, and led to an increase in the average occupancy rate in hotels to 80%.

September 27, 2020 – Safar 10, 1442

01:49 AM


In the event that things improve and there is a vaccine for “Corona”, the date will be early

Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib said that Saudi Arabia intends to resume issuing tourist visas by the beginning of the new year 2021, after months of suspension, amid tight government restrictions to combat the spread of the Corona virus.

Al-Khatib said in a remote interview with Reuters: Regarding the tourist visa, so far we are talking about the beginning of next year. If things improve, or if there are positive developments regarding a vaccine, it is possible to accelerate and early (the date).

Tourism is a key pillar of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform strategy to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil.

Al-Khatib said that the tourism sector was severely affected and is expected to witness a decline of 35% -45% by the end of the year. However, the focus on domestic tourism during the summer mitigated the damage.

He continued: We witnessed a very strong summer after the lockdown period. We have seen domestic tourism grow by 30% year-on-year, which exceeds our expectations.

Saudi Arabia, which opened its doors to foreign tourists in September 2019, aims to launch a new visa system for visitors from 49 countries, and the sector will contribute 10% to GDP by 2030.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi Summer Campaign, which promoted dozens of tourist destinations at home from beaches and forests to mountain tops and historical regions, encouraged citizens and residents to visit them instead of spending their vacation abroad, and led to an increase in the average occupancy rate in hotels to 80%.

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