All about visas

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Visa Application:

There are a number of different types of visas and procedures vary accordingly. Please visit the Saudi Embassy or consulate in your city to find out more about your specific application. Some nationalities can also apply online via visa.mofa.gov.sa

Visa Types:

  • Work Visa: Work visas are issued to foreign employees of both the public and private sector.
  • Accompanied Visa: This is issued to the spouses and children of employees who hold a work visa.
  • Hajj and Umrah Visa: To find out more about the Hajj and Umrah Visa, please visit the Planning for Hajj and Umrah section.
  • Family Visit Visa: This is issued to residents who wish to bring in their immediate family for a temporary stay which can vary between 1 to 3 months, but can be extended. Family visit visas are not issued during the Hajj season. Family members eligible for this type of visa include spouses, children, siblings and parents.
  • Business Single-entry Visa: This is issued for a maximum stay of between 1 to 3 months.
  • Business Multiple-Entry Visa: The multiple-entry visa is valid for 12 months.

Waiting Time:

You are advised to apply well in advance of your travel dates as the waiting time for visa issuance can vary between 1 to 6 weeks. You can track your application status on visa.mofa.gov.sa

B2: Planning for Hajj and Umrah

Umrah Visa:

  • When: Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, but Umrah visas will not be issued during Hajj season.
  • Where: The application for an Umrah visa can only be processed through an approved Hajj and Umrah Travel agent. This link can help you get started on finding one nearest to you.
  • How: Your travel agent will guide you through the forms and other required documents.
  • Validity: Umrah visas are valid only for two weeks.

Hajj Visa:

  • When: Applications for Hajj visa are accepted beginning from mid-Shawwal to the 25th of Dhul-Qa’adah each year.
  • Where: The application form for Hajj visas is available at your nearest Saudi Consulate but you can also apply through an approved Hajj and Umrah Travel agent. This link can help you get started on finding one nearest to you.
  • How: Your nearest consulate or travel agent will guide you through the forms and other required documents.

Notes:

  • Hajj and Umrah visas are granted free of charge.
  • Travellers are required to meet the health regulations; your travel agency will be able to provide you with more information on this. You are required to carry your vaccination certificate with you for inspection.
  • Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months and has at least two blank pages adjacent to each other for visa issuance.