Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018
On Saturday, Mohammed Al-Omari, the director of the Tourism and Heritage Authority in the Makkah region informed the Arab News that, “citizens from all the countries who have access to the Kingdom can obtain tourist visas.”
To quote Al-Omari, “All Muslims from countries around the world can obtain a post-Umrah tourist visa, so when Umrah is finished they can become a tourist.” This is called the extended Umrah visa for post-Umrah tourism. Everyone will benefit from these visas as long as the conditions apply to them.”
Umrah is a concise version of Hajj and can be performed all year round.
The visa validity for maximum period is 30 days.
When asked about the approximate time when tourism visas would be issued, Al-Omari answered: “Prince Sultan bin Salman, the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) said that the start of tourism visa issuance will be announced during the first quarter of 2018.”
In the first phase of the project, sixty-five nations will be permitted for tourism visas, and the number will grow in the second phase.
Saudi Arabia is targeting to freeze its place as a tourist destination, having mega projects like the Red Sea island resorts and the Neom project on the Gulf of Aqaba.
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