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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 10:43

Tourist visa allows visitors to perform Umrah

JEDDAH — It is now possible to obtain Saudi Arabian ‘tourist visas’ and visit the country throughout the year and also for performing Umrah.

The granting of tourist visas comes within the Kingdom’s plan to create one million jobs and reach 100 million tourists by the year 2030.

Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is the visa holder can benefit from it in performing Umrah other than in the Haj season with no need for a sponsor (kafeel) the way it is required for work visas.

In this regard, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that the Kingdom has begun granting tourist visas to all wishing to visit the Kingdom’s regions from different parts of the world.

They can get their visas manually via the Kingdom’s representative offices abroad (embassies, consulates, etc.) and electronically without preconditions for 49 nationalities, including Europe, Asia and America.

The Chairman of the SCTH Ahmad Bin Aqil Al Khatib said: “The Kingdom is celebrating the inauguration of the tourist visa for all visitors from all over the world. We look forward to tourism becoming the main source of income and a machine for creating many jobs for Saudis.”

Also the tourist visa does not exclude any tourist due to his religion or belief. The tourist can make multiple visits during the year, provided each visit does not exceed 90 days.

The ambassador of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Gerald Lawless said that the Saudi decision would raise the Kingdom’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3 to 4 percent because the world tourism market is growing at a rate exceeding 5 percent annually.

The announcement of the Saudi tourist visa, also witnessed the signing of contracts in the fields of real estate, food, utilities and services, worth over SR100 billion.

These tourist visas come within the Saudi plan to create one million jobs and reach 100 million tourists by the year 2030. Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is that the visa holder can make use of it in performing Umrah.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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