Saudi Arabia attracted more than 14 million tourists in 2017, with most of them being religious pilgrims. But, that is expected to change quickly. By 2030, the kingdom expects the number of domestic and foreign visitors to grow to 100 million, according to an article on TIME.
For the first time in history, Saudi Arabia has opened its doors for tourists, outside of Hajj. The kingdom has already started work on cultural and entertainment projects to attract more foreign tourists. Saudi Arabia has also decided to relax some of its laws regarding women for the first time. Female tourists are no longer required to wear the abaya, a robe that covers the body from head to toe, while in the kingdom. They can also travel without a male guardian.
Most importantly, Saudi Arabia has launched a new e-visa. The visa allows citizens of 49 countries, including Denmark, to travel to the kingdom for tourism and leisure purposes. It is a multi-entry visa, valid for one year.
The documents that Danish citizens require while applying for the e-visa include:
You must have a Danish passport that is valid for at least six months after the completion of your intended trip. The passport must also contain two adjacent blank pages for the entry stamps.
You will need a digital copy of your passport-sized photograph. The photograph must be taken against a white background. Make sure that you are looking directly at the camera. Also, avoid wearing any headgear or glasses that hides part of your face. The dimensions of the photograph should be 200x200 pixels and the size should be between 3KB and 100KB.
The visa fee needs to be paid online, using only a credit or debit card. So, make sure you have an active card.
Your visa would be sent to you via email. So, you will need a functional email account that is easily accessible.
You will need to provide proof of where you will stay while in Saudi Arabia. If you will be staying with a friend or relative, they will need to send an invitation letter, along with their identity proof. If you will be staying at a hotel, the confirmed hotel bookings can be used as proof.
If you hold a Danish passport, you can apply for the Saudi evisa in a few simple steps online.
The first step is to visit the official website Saudi Arabia e-visa website. Since there are many lookalikes, make sure that you only use the official website.
On this website, you need to create an have to create an account for yourself on the site. You would have to enter certain personal details such as your name, phone number, and email address. Along with this, you must also enter your passport type, and the country in which it was issued. You would also have to enter your username and password.
Once you have entered all your information, an activation link would be sent to your email address. You must click on it within 24 hours for activating your account.
The next step would be to fill the application form. The form consists of several pages, so make sure that you set enough time aside to fill it carefully and accurately. Any mistakes or misrepresentation of information could cause delay in processing or even a rejection of your application.
On the application form, you will first need to provide your personal information, such as name, gender, marital status, residential address, occupation, and so on. Next, you will need to upload the digital passport-sized photograph of yourself.
On the next page, your travel details will be required. Here, you need to fill in your dates of entering and leaving Saudi Arabia and the purpose of your visit.
The last step of the process is to pay the visa fee. The total payable amount is SAR463.44 and includes the visa fee, transaction fee, medical insurance fee and 5% VAT. The health insurance can only be chosen from the list of insurers provided by the Saudi government. In case you face any medical emergencies during your stay in Saudi Arabia, the insurance will provide cover of up to SAR100,000.
There are certain things that tourists must keep in mind when visiting Saudi Arabia. They are:
Since Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country, so be respectful of Islamic traditions and practices while in the Kingdom.
In case you are unsure about the visa process or are a first-time tourist to Saudi Arabia, it is best to take help of an experienced agency, such as Rapid Visa. We take care of all your visa needs and guide you about the dos and don’ts, ensuring a completely hassle-free travel experience.