Saudi Arabia Eases Visa Restrictions for Pakistani Tourists

Saudi Arabia Eases Visa Restrictions for Pakistani Tourists

Islamabad, July 3, 2024 – Saudi Arabia has announced significant changes to its tourist visa requirements for Pakistani travelers, effective immediately. According to a statement released on Wednesday, applicants can now submit a bank statement showing a minimum monthly credit amount of USD 750 or its equivalent as part of their visa application process.

Pakistani tourist arrivals in Saudi Arabia saw a remarkable 43% increase in 2023 compared to the previous year. In anticipation of continued growth, Saudi Arabia aims to welcome approximately 2.7 million Pakistani visitors in 2024. To facilitate this influx, Saudi Arabia has streamlined the visa application process through six Tasheer offices established across major cities in Pakistan, including Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and Multan.

In addition to easing visa requirements, Saudi Arabia has introduced a transit visa option for travelers arriving via Saudia and Flynas airlines. This visa allows visitors to transit through Saudi Arabia for up to 96 hours, providing an opportunity to explore the country’s cultural and historical attractions.

For travelers holding valid and used UK, US, or Schengen visas, Saudi Arabia now offers a visa on arrival option, further simplifying the travel process.

Last year, Saudi Arabia introduced a one-year multiple entry visa specifically for Pakistani travelers, facilitating visits for personal reasons such as attending weddings, visiting friends or family, and exploring the country’s diverse landscapes and cultural heritage. Holders of this visa can make multiple visits to Saudi Arabia within a 12-month period, including the opportunity to perform Umrah, emphasizing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to spiritual tourism and cultural exchange.

The initiative to relax visa restrictions underscores Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote tourism and enhance bilateral ties with Pakistan. By making visas more accessible, Saudi Arabia aims to encourage Pakistani travelers to explore its vibrant cities, cultural richness, and natural wonders year-round. From Riyadh’s bustling cityscape to Jeddah’s historical significance, the Red Sea’s scenic beauty, and the ancient marvels of AlUla, Saudi Arabia offers diverse experiences for tourists.

The easing of visa rules is expected to not only boost tourism but also strengthen people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. As Saudi Arabia continues to enhance its tourism infrastructure and promote its attractions globally, these measures are set to attract a growing number of Pakistani tourists seeking to discover the kingdom’s rich heritage and modern developments.