Saudi Arabia will issue travel visas to everyone

Saudi Arabia will issue travel visas to everyone

In the Kingdom will create about 50 resorts where you can relax without complying with the strict Muslim norms.

From 1 April 2018, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas for everyone. The last time they were issued back in 2010.

Thus the authorities want to get rid of the dependence of the budget from the export of petroleum products, writes the Telegraph. The introduction of social reforms initiated by crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is supported by the members of the House of Saud, including Prince Sultan bin Salman, king of Saudi Commission for tourism and national heritage (SCTH).

It is expected that by 2030 the country will double the number of annual visitors to 30 million. Electronic permits will be issued to all citizens whose countries allow you to visit Saudi Arabia to promote travel in the desert country and stimulate the economy.

The cost of the future visa is not yet defined, but it will be symbolic, because the main income expect to receive from hotels, entertainment and sightseeing tours.

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When visiting Saudi Arabia, remember the prohibition of alcohol and other restrictions imposed by the Muslim tradition. So, single women can obtain a tourist visa for 30 days, if they have reached the age of 25. They must wear closed clothes and adhere to cultural norms of the country. However, on the red sea coast will create about 50 resorts, where women can relax in swimsuits.

Tourists who come to Saudi Arabia, will be able to visit the cultural attractions of the country. Among these is the complex of Mada’in Salih, which includes the 111 rock tombs and reminds the city of Petra in Jordan. The area of the graves belongs to world heritage of UNESCO.

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Until April 1, 2018 Saudi Arabia provides tourist visas to a limited number of travelers, but even these applications are linked to a number of prohibitions, including the requirement to travel through an accredited company and stay at these hotels. To come to the Kingdom are devout Muslims and only in connection with visits to the shrines of Mecca and Medina during Hajj or Umrah Commission.

We will remind, last year Ukraine signed a «bezviz» with a record number of countries. We received the right to visa-free entry, up to four countries, including Antigua and Barbuda and Japan, thus taking 42nd place in the Index of passports. Now Ukrainians can visit 118 countries without a visa.

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