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Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa: Requirements, Application Process & Fees

Last Update: 07-05-2024

⚡Quick Summary

Is a visa required for Saudi Arabia?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require an e-visa to visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia tourist visa processing time

4 working days

Saudi Arabia tourist visa fees

  • Up to 44 years age - ₹ 14,000
  • 45+ years age - ₹ 18,000

Saudi Arabia tourist visa validity

  • Single-entry visa - 90 days
  • Multiple-entry visa - 1 year

Saudi Arabia tourist visa stay duration

  • Single-entry visa - 90 days
  • Multiple-entry visa - 90 days

How to apply for a Saudi Arabia visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes
  2. Apply through the visa application centre.

Documents required for Saudi Arabia visa

  1. Passport
  2. 2 Photographs
  3. Copy of Aadhaar Card
  4. Flight and Hotel Bookings
  5. Covid vaccination certificate
  6. Bank Statement (Last 3 months)
  7. See list of supporting documents

Does Saudi Arabia offer visas on arrival to Indians?

Yes, Saudi Arabia offers visas on arrival to Indians if they have a valid UK/USA/Schengen visa.

Do Indians Need a Visa for Saudi Arabia?

Yes, Indians need a tourist visa to visit Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabia e-visa for tourism also called the ‘Visit Visa’ allows the holder to visit the Kingdom for tourism, visiting family and friends, medical treatment, and business. The visa allows for a stay of up to 90 days and can be used for single or multiple entries to Saudi.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. What are the Different Types of Saudi Arabia Tourist Visas for Indians?
  3. How to Apply for a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa?
  4. Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Document Requirements
  5. Photo Specifications for Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa for Indians
  6. Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Processing Time
  7. Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa for Indian Fees
  8. How to Check my Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Status?
  9. Do Indians Require a Transit Visa for Saudi Arabia?
  10. Reasons for Saudi Arabia Visa Rejection for Indians
  11. What to do After Reaching Saudi Arabia?
  12. Conclusion
  13. FAQs

Introduction

Is Saudi Arabia your next travel destination? Whether you dream of standing atop the world's tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa, or yearn for the thrill of desert safaris under the Arabian sun, Saudi Arabia promises an unforgettable adventure. 

In this comprehensive blog, we've curated everything you need to know about securing your Saudi Arabia tourist visa - from essential documentation requirements to step-by-step application procedures, visa fees, types, and validity periods.

Use the navigation bar to jump to the section you need. And if you have any visa questions call us on 073148 52914 or WhatsApp us. Teleport’s visa experts are always available to help you.

Let’s make your Saudi Arabian travel dreams a reality!

Can Indians Get a Saudi Arabia Visa on Arrival?

Yes, Saudi Arabia offers visas on arrival to Indians who already hold valid UK/USA/Schengen visas. Other Indian passport holders need an e-visa called the ‘Visit Visa’ before travelling to the Kingdom.

What are the Different Types of Saudi Arabia Visas for Indians?

For Indian citizens planning to visit Saudi Arabia, several types of visas are available, depending on the purpose of the visit. Here are some common types:

  1. Visit Visa: A Visit visa allows individuals to visit Saudi Arabia for leisure, tourism, visiting family and friends, receiving medical treatment, attending business meetings, or performing Umrah.
  2. Work Visa (Employment Visa): Work visas permit individuals to work legally in Saudi Arabia. The work can be seasonal, temporary or permanent in nature.
  3. Hajj Visa: The Hajj visa is specifically granted to Muslims undertaking the pilgrimage to Mecca, and is limited only to the Hajj season. 
  4. Transit Visa: It is a temporary visa that enables travellers to pass through the Kingdom briefly while on their way to another destination. 

How to Apply for a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa?

Get Your Saudi Arabia Visa Through Teleport

Teleport makes applying for a Saudi Arabia visa straightforward and stress-free. Follow these steps for a smooth application process:

Step 1: Start Your Saudi Arabia Visa Application:

Go to Teleport's Saudi Arabia visa application page and click on 'Start Application.' Teleport offers both Saudi Arabia tourist visa and Saudi Arabia business visa options. Make sure you start the application for a tourist visa.

Step 2: Enter Basic Information and Make Payment:

Share basic information like travel dates, passport details, etc., and make a secure payment. Opt to pay the visa fee either in full or partially upfront.

Step 3: Collect & Courier Your Documents:

Teleport will allot a dedicated Relationship Manager to you who will guide you through collecting all the necessary Saudi tourist visa documentation. Courier all the required documents to the nearest Teleport office.

✅ Teleport thoroughly checks your application and documents before submission.

✅ We courier your documents back with no extra charges.

Step 4: Document Submission to Visa Application Centre by Teleport

Your Teleport relationship manager will submit the documents at the visa application centre on your behalf.

After the authorities have reviewed your application, we will inform you of your application status through our platform.  We will also keep you updated on your visa status through regular WhatsApp messages and emails.  Upon approval, you can also download your visa from the Teleport Dashboard.

Apply for Saudi Arabia Visa Through the VFS Global

Step 1: Visit the VFS Home Page

Select your country you are applying from and to. Click on ‘Take Me To the Website’  to access the official application portal for Saudi Arabia visa application.

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for your Saudi Arabia visa application, visit the Tasheer website. Start by selecting your nationality and the type of visa you need. Then, choose the Saudi mission in India where you wish to book your appointment. The system will display available dates, starting with the most recent. Please note that additional fees may be required at the visa application centre.

Note

Before starting the application process, ensure you have clear, readable scans of all necessary documents for self-upload. Accepted file formats are jpg, jpeg, png, and pdf, with each document not exceeding 2 MB. Complete the scheduling and document upload within a 20-minute window. If not completed in time, you will need to restart the process.

Step 3: Visit the Visa Application Centre

Print the visa application form and submit it at the nearest visa application centre along with other required documents. (See the next section to know more about documentation).

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Here is the list of Saudi visa application centres in India

LocationAddress

Ahmedabad

Ashram Rd, Muslim Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad

Bengaluru

Bannerghatta Slip Rd, 3rd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru

Chennai

136, Arcot Rd, Saligramam, Chennai

Hyderabad

Mumbai Hwy, Punjagutta Officers Colony, Punjagutta, Hyderabad

Delhi

Unit No 17/24, S1 Level, Blk F American Plaza, Nehru Place International Trade Tower, New Delhi

Lucknow

RW94+MRG, Sardari Khera, Railway Colony, Alambagh, Lucknow

Calicut

7Q3V+J22, Puthiyara, Kozhikode

Calicut II

6RXP+5C4, Palazhi, Kozhikode, Pantheerankavu

Cochin

Ravipuram, Perumanoor, Ernakulam, Kochi

Kolkata

25a, Shakespeare Sarani Rd, Mullick Bazar, Elgin, Kolkata

Mumbai

Bansilal Compound, Worli, Mumbai

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Step 4: Biometric Enrollment

After you submit your documents, you will need to provide your biometric data, including biographical details, fingerprints, and a facial image, at the Visa Service Center. Your completed visa application will then be collected at this counter for further processing. Applicants under 6 years of age and over 80 years of age are exempt from biometric submission and do not need to visit the Saudi Visa Center.

Step 5: Fee Payment

Pay your visa application fee after visiting the visa application centre. There might be additional service fees.

Step 6: Track your Application

You can track your application status through the Tasheer website by using your ‘Appointment Reference Number’, ‘Visa PlatformNumber’ and ‘Date of Birth’. If you have opted for the SMS service, you will automatically receive updates on SMS when your application status changes

Step 7: Collect your passport

When your processed visa application is ready, you can collect your passport from the Visa Service Center. Please ensure you bring the original Invoice-and-Receipt issued at the time of your application submission. If someone else is collecting the passport on your behalf, they must present a mandatory authorization letter.

If you choose the courier service option, your passport will be delivered directly to the address you provided during the application process.

Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Document Requirements

Mandatory Documents

Passport

  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months from the travel date
  • Old Passport (if any)

Photograph

  • 2 photographs taken within the last 3 months
  • Photos should have a white background

Aadhaar Card

Copy of both the front and back of the Aadhar card

Bank Statement

  • Original bank statement for the past 3 months with a minimum balance of ₹ 1,00,000 per applicant
  • The statement should be duly attested on all pages by the bank seal and signed by a bank official

Hotel Booking

Confirmed hotel booking for the entire stay in Saudi Arabia

Flight Reservation

Onward and return flight tickets

Covid Vaccination Certificate

Copy of the Covid vaccination certificate indicating both doses

Supporting Documents

If Employed

For Mumbai applicants - Original leave letter on company letterhead with the company seal and signature, addressed to the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Mumbai

If Self-Employed

For Mumbai applicants - Submit copies of Company Registration, GST Certificate, Memorandum of Association (MOA), or Partnership Deed

If Married

  • If the spouse's name is missing or inaccurate in either passport, submit the original marriage certificate, nikah nama, or alternate documents attested by the Royal Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • For relatives other than spouse: For relatives beyond immediate family, provide a document confirming the relationship between the sponsor and applicant

If Student

Only for Mumbai applicants - A letter of bonafide certificate from the educational institution is required

Photo Specifications for Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa for Indians

  • Photo size: 35x45mm.
  • Use a plain background.
  • Face the camera directly with your head straight.
  • Neutral facial expression. No smile and mouth should be closed.
  • Ensure proper lighting to avoid shadows.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Digital photo maximum size - 5 MB.

Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Processing Time

It can take up to 4 working days to process a Saudi Arabia tourist visa after you've submitted your application and provided all the required documents. The exact time can vary depending on the individual applicant’s circumstances. It's advisable to apply well in advance of the intended travel date to avoid last-minute hassle.

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Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa for Indian Fees

Fee TypeAmount

MoFA Visa Fee (Tourism)

7,020.00

MoFA Enjaz Fee

930.00

MoFA Medical Fee (If applicable)

930.00

Service Fee - Regular appointment

2,192.37

GST for Regular appointment

395.00

Lounge Service Fee

5,480.51

GST for Lounge Service Fee

987.00

Important Notes

  • All services, except the Visa Charges for the specified visa category, Visa Platform Fee, and Visa Service Charges, are optional. None of these additional services are required to obtain a visa to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • A non-refundable service fee is charged for each visa application processed at the Tasheer Visa Service Centre. This fee applies to all applicants, including those exempt from paying Visa or Visa Platform Fees.
  • Visa Fees, Visa Platform Fees, and Medical Fees are collected on behalf of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

How to Check my Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Status?

Stay Informed About Your Saudi Arabia Visa Application with Teleport

With Teleport, you can effortlessly keep tabs on the progress of your Saudi Arabia visa application. If you've applied via Teleport, expect real-time updates via WhatsApp, email, or directly within the Teleport Dashboard.

Here's how to check your application's progress:

  1. Sign into the Teleport Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to 'Your Applications.'
  3. Select your application to see its current status.

Check the Application Status Through the Official Government Portal

To track your Saudi tourist visa application using the official Saudi government portal, follow the steps below-

  1. Visit the Tasheer website to check your visa application status.
  2. Click on ‘Track Status.’ 
  3. Enter your Application reference number, Visa platform number and Date of Birth.
  4. Click on “Get Details” to see the application status.

Application Status Through the Official Government Portal

Do Indians Require a Transit Visa for Saudi Arabia?

Yes, Indian citizens require a transit visa for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia offers three types of transit visas: 

  • air transit visa, 
  • land transit visa, and 
  • sea transit visa. 

These transit visas allow travellers from India to transit through Saudi Arabia via air, land, or sea ports for a limited duration without entering the country.

Reasons for Saudi Arabia Visa Rejection for Indians

When applying for a Saudi Arabian visa, knowing what could potentially lead to denial is crucial for strengthening your application and boosting the likelihood of getting approved. Here are some important considerations:

  1. Lack of Proper Documentation: All Saudi Arabia visit visa or tourist visa documents you submit must be authentic, complete, and satisfactory. Submitting incorrect or misleading information can cause your application to be rejected immediately and may lead to potential bans on future applications.
  2. Lack of Funds: Inadequate proof of financial stability and inability to cover the cost of your stay can lead to rejection.
  3. Weak Ties to Home Country: Saudi authorities may question your intentions to return to India, if you cannot demonstrate strong ties, such as family, property, or employment in India, and, hence, may reject your visa application.
  4. Questionable Travel Record: A history of overstaying visas in other countries could be seen as a red flag, suggesting a risk of not adhering to Saudi Arabia's visa regulations.
  5. Intentions Under Scrutiny: Not being able to convincingly explain the reason for your visit and its consistency with your planned activities might arouse suspicion. For example, expressing plans to work on a visa that doesn't allow employment could result in denial.
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What to do After Reaching Saudi Arabia?

When you arrive at a Saudi Arabia's airport, here are key points visitors should keep in mind:

  1. Prepare your travel documents: Ensure you have your passport, valid visa, return flight ticket, and accommodation confirmations readily available for swift verification by immigration authorities. We recommend you carry physical printouts to ensure easy accessibility on your mobile device.
  2. Familiarise yourself with Saudi Arabia's customs regulations: If you have items to declare or your baggage requires inspection, proceed to the customs area. Familiarise yourself with Saudi Arabia's Customs Regulations to take advantage of various services, duty-free shopping, and traveller facilities
  3. Advice for minors: Minors travelling alone should remain with the airline staff assigned to them for security. Identify your assigned adult at the destination airport to ensure a secure arrival.
  4. Stay informed on advisories: Stay updated on airline and travel advisories for any potential changes in flight schedules, procedures, or regulations. This will empower you to make informed decisions while travelling.

Conclusion

Getting timely visas can be stressful. In this blog, we’ve explained the entire process of obtaining a Saudi Arabia visit visa in simple words. If you’re still confused about something, you can call us at 073148 52914 or message us on WhatsApp

Consider applying for your Saudi Arabia visa with Teleport. Our intuitive and user-friendly platform simplifies the entire process so you have one thing less to worry about - your visa!

Have a safe travel and enjoy your journey!

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