Confirmed! Saudi to Open E-visas for Foreign Travelers!
Saudi Arabia has previously restricted visas to
Muslim pilgrims who are given special visas to travel to holy sites.
Economic reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aim to lift total tourism spending in the kingdom — by local citizens as well as foreigners — to US$46.6 billion in 2020 from US$27.9 billion in 2015, the government has said.
Plans to admit significant numbers of tourists from abroad have been discussed for years.
It did not specify when the visas would become available.
As part of Prince Mohammed’s agenda, the kingdom has ended a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas, allowed music concerts, including performances by Western pop stars, and organized international sporting events.
The news of tourist visas comes at the same as Saudi Arabia announced plans for a new tourist location on its northwestern coast, which will have hotels, private villas, and yacht clubs, giving tourists the real luxuries of life.