People from the Schengen Area can now apply for Saudi Arabia’s new Tourist e-Visa.

If you have a Schengen Visa and you want to visit Saudi Arabia, you can get the new e-Visa, rather than apply through the longer route at Saudi Arabian diplomatic embassies.

The new Tourist e-Visa allows the holder multiple entries into the country and has a validity for one year.

The maximum duration that one can stay in Saudi Arabia consecutively is 90 days, but no more than 180 days overall.

Before the new e-visa, Saudi Arabia did not have a visa for tourism. Only Muslim pilgrims, business travellers and resident workers were allowed.

The new visa is launched to boost the tourism sector and create new jobs.

“Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country,” said Ahmad Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

Since the release of the e-visa, 24 000 people flew to the country within the first 10 days.

According to Schengen Visa Info, visitors were mostly from China, with the UK, US France, Germany, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Australia and Kazakhstan following close behind.

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