Saudi Arabia launches 96-hour free stopover visa

Asir Province located in the southwest of the country

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new Stopover Visa, open to a wider number of countries than the historic tourism eVisa and is the kingdom’s latest move to make the destination more accessible.  

The free-of-charge Stopover Visa has been launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism (MT), Ministry of Interior (MOI), the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (MOHU), Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), Saudia and flynas.

The Stopover Visa will allow passengers to stay in the country for up to 96 hours, enabling more visitors than ever to explore Saudi Arabia’s historical, cultural, and spiritual sites.

Travellers will also be able to use the Stopover Visa to perform the spiritual Umrah ritual. Pilgrims can book flights through Saudia and flynas, but must also register for Umrah through the Nusuk platform.

Stopover Visa holders will be eligible for a complimentary one-night hotel stay during the stopover when booking through Saudia.

To help visitors make the most of their stopover, custom 24, 48, 72 and 96-hour itineraries have been developed to inspire visitors to stroll through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, or visit the Al-Turaif district in Diriyah, one of Saudi’s six Unesco World Heritage Sites.

The Stopover Visa will contribute to Saudi’s vision of reaching 100 million visits annually by 2030.