New developments in Saudi Arabia regarding the abolition of visas

The second virtual conference of the Arab Center for Tourism Media in Saudi Arabia announced today, Monday, a new decision on canceling visas.

The conference recommended abolishing entry visas between Arab countries, reducing taxes for travelers, and setting up a unified protocol for Arab tourism.

The conference stressed the need to “encourage domestic tourism and increase joint Arab tourism marketing campaigns to support the recovery of the Arab travel and tourism sector, and restore tourism activity.”

For his part, Adviser to the Minister of Economy for Tourism Affairs in the UAE, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairi, said, “The UAE has dealt with high professionalism with the Corona pandemic, and the health sector has proven its high efficiency during the crisis, which contributed to avoiding heavy losses to the tourism sector.”

On September 27, 2019, Saudi Arabia announced the start of the tourist visa and the opening of the kingdom’s doors for citizens of 49 countries to enter without prior visas, including 38 European countries, and this system allows entry to the Kingdom with a visa with simple procedures and fees.

The Saudi government explained that this system was designed to stimulate tourism in the Kingdom, and to work for the growth of the Saudi tourism sector.

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