Saudi Arabia starts issuing Stop-over Transit Visa from Monday

Monday, January 30, 2023

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia launched the service of issuing electronic Stop-over Transit Visa for arrivals in the Kingdom by air for all purposes, effective from Monday, Jan. 30.

The visa holders can stay in the Kingdom for four days and the duration of the visa is three months. The visa is free of cost and it will be issued instantly along with the flight ticket, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources.

The ministry launched the service in coordination with the relevant authorities and in cooperation with the Saudi national airlines.

The Transit visa allows transit passengers, who wish to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah in addition to traveling inside the Kingdom, as well as attending tourism events.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that applications for transit visas can be submitted through the electronic platforms of Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas.

This will automatically be passed to the Unified National Visa Platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to process and issue the digital visa immediately and send it to the beneficiary via e-mail.

The ministry confirms that the digital Transit Visa service will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by strengthening the Kingdom’s position and benefiting from its distinguished strategic location connecting various continents, and attractive station for transit passengers as well as a global tourist destination.