Saudi Arabia introduced their tourist visa earlier this year which opened their border to those looking to visit the Kingdom to experience the rich culture and history. This visa creates more opportunities for individuals to enter the Kingdom but compliance is still crucial when visiting Saudi. The tourist visa comes with its own requirements and is distinctly different from the other visit visas available.
The tourist visa allows for individuals to visit the Kingdom for tourism purposes. It does not permit an individual to work in the Kingdom or hold any type of business meeting. Additionally, the visa does not permit individuals to have local payroll or perform Hajj. The tourist visa shouldn’t be used in substitution for any other type of visa when visiting the Kingdom to ensure you remain compliant.
Currently, only a select number of countries are able to acquire the tourist visa but this is expected to increase shortly.