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Saudi Arabia lifts tourist visa curbs on all GCC residents

Sun 12 Mar 2023    
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Riyadh: The Saudi Tourism Authority welcomes the expansion of the GCC residents visa which now is open to all professions for those wanting to apply for a tourist visa.

Announced by the Ministry of Tourism the visa allows visitors to enjoy Saudi’s diverse tourist destinations and perform Umrah throughout the year.

This is the latest in a series of announcements across the Saudi tourism eco-system that aim to attract regional tourists and provide more activities for visitors coming from GCC countries.

Also, read – Saudi Arabia reveals new AED987m tourism destination

People wishing to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can view more information and apply for a visa at The Visit Saudi app also provides a gateway for travellers to discover all the events, international festivals, inspiring tourism experiences, and enjoy the country’s climate, natural and cultural diversity and the authentic generosity and hospitality of the Saudi people.

The tourist visa was launched in 2019, to keep up with the development and growth of the tourism sector.

In 2022, the Saudi Tourism Authority launched the Nusuk platform in collaboration with the Pilgrim Experience Program. Nusuk, Saudi’s first-ever official integrated digital platform, offers all pilgrims and visitors an easy-to-use planning gateway for their journeys to Makkah and Madinah, and beyond. With Nusuk, travellers from all over the world can easily organize their entire visit, from applying for an eVisa to booking hotels and flights. To book Umrah travel, visit

Saudi has seen a remarkable increase in the number of visitors every year, reaching more than 93 million visits in 2022. The tourism sector aims to reach 100 million visits annually by 2030.

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