Saudi Arabia has introduced one-year multiple entry visit visa for Pakistanis and all other applicants who have a valid United Kingdom, United States or Schengen visa stamped on their passports.
The new multiple-visit visa will have one-year validity and the visitors will also allowed to perform Umrah.
However, they are not allowed to perform Hajj.
Visitors can get the visa on arrival at any international airport in Saudi Arabia.
But, they must have a credit card to pay fees amounting to SR440 (Rs18,000) as cash not accepted.
They will allow to stay for 90 days at a stretch and can enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia multiple times during the validity period of their visit visa.
“It was an amazing experience when I visited Saudi Arabia last week,” said Ahmed Qureshi who went to perform Umrah with his family.
He landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.
“I paid fee at the immigration counter using my credit card and now all my family members have multiple visit visas valid for one year.
It took just 15 minutes to complete the procedure,” he explained.
A reservation agent at the Saudi Airlines in Dubai told a media outlet that the new visa service started last month.
One of the pre-conditions to get visit visa on arrival is that the visitors will have to travel on one of the Saudi-based airlines, including Saudi Airlines, Flynas or Flydeal.
This is mandatory only for first time visitors.
Repeat visitors who already hold Saudi visit visa can use any other airline.
For non-muslims, the Saudi Arabia Tourist e-visa granted for tourism purposes only.
Visitors forbidden from visiting the holy cities of Makkah and Medina.
For Muslims, visitors may travel for Umrah on a tourist e-visa outside of Hajj season only.
The tourist e-visa allows travellers to enter the country for leisure purposes and it enables them to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to 90 days.
The Saudi Arabia tourist e-visa application process is very simple and 100 per cent online.
Once the application submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that must shown to immigration officers upon arrival.
Travellers must have their passport with at least a six-month validity from the date of arrival and have at least one page available for stamping.
The Saudi Arabia Tourist e-Visa allows applicants multiple entry in Saudi Arabia and visitors can remain in the country for up to 90 days.