VISA TO SAUDI ARABIA / SAUDI ARABIA IMMIGRATION GUIDE
(a) Unaccompanied women must be met at the airport by their sponsor or husband and have confirmed onward reservations as far as their final destination in Saudi Arabia. If met by a sponsor, it is worth noting that there are restrictions on women travelling by car with men who are not related by blood or marriage. However, it is acceptable for women visiting for business purposes to be accompanied and met at the airport by male business partners: further enquiries can be made at the Information Centre or Embassy. Women and under-aged children should be accompanied by a Moharram (close male family member).
(b) No foreign passenger who is working as a domestic servant in Saudi Arabia should be transported to Saudi Arabia unless holding a valid non-refundable return ticket.
A passport valid for six months at time of entry is required by all except Muslim pilgrims holding Pilgrim Passes, tickets and other documents for their onward or return journey and entering the country via Jeddah or Medina - although sufficient evidence of Muslim faith must be provided (eg religious authenticated certificate). All passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the estimated stay in Saudi Arabia.
Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates;
(b) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 18 hours, provided holding valid onward or return documentation, not leaving the airport and making no further landing in Saudi Arabia (except nationals of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria who always require a transit visa);
(c) holders of re-entry permits and Ã¢â‚¬ËœLanding PermitsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ issued by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see Contact Addresses section).
(a) Holders of an Israeli passport or passports with Israeli stamps in them.
(b) Passengers not complying with Saudi conventions of dress and behaviour, including those who appear to be in a state of intoxication, or who display inappropriate affection (especially between men and women) will be refused entry (see Social Conventions section).
(c) There are special regulations concerning pilgrims entering Saudi Arabia. Contact the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) for further information. Members of the Quadyani religious group may be refused entry when travelling for pilgrimage purposes.
Types of visa and cost
Family Visit: Ã‚Â£39.
Business: Ã‚Â£39; Ã‚Â£96 (multiple-entry).
Work: Ã‚Â£10, if paying at Embassy, or SR1000 to be paid by employer in Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrim (Ummra): no charge (one to three months for a maximum of 30 days).
(a) The Pilgrim (Ummra) visa can only be obtained through an authorised 'Ummra Agency', appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Check with Embassy for a full list of appointed agents. Administrative fees may apply.
(b) Transit passengers who stay in the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Port or Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina for over 24 hours can perform Ummra or visit a Holy Mosque, provided they withhold a signed agreement with one of the appointed Ummra agencies.
The visa stay period starts from the first day of entry into Saudi Arabia within the visaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s valid dates. Ummra visas are valid for 30 days once in Saudi Arabia.
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see Contact Addresses section. Travellers are advised to apply well in advance.
(a) One application form.
(b) One passport-size photo affixed to application form. Children travelling on parents' passport must have photos affixed on passport and endorsed by relevant authorities with photos attached on application form. Copies of birth certificate and marriage certificate of all accompanying children and spouses are also required.
(c) Passport valid for at least six months.
(d) Prepaid, self-addressed, recorded delivery envelope, if applying by post. If applying by post from Ireland (Rep), enclose a minimum of nine coupons.
(e) Fee (payable in cash, by postal order or by bankerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s draft only for nationals from Ireland (Rep)).
(f) Invitation from host or sponsor, with authorisation from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(g) Medical report, authenticated by the UK Foreign Office (for persons over 15 years of age). Applicants from Ireland (Rep) should legalise their medical report at the Irish Foreign Office in Dublin.
(h) Authorisation from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, obtained by their sponsor in Saudi Arabia.
(f) Letter of invitation from Saudi host company endorsed by Saudi Chamber of Commerce (original and copy).
(g) Letter from company or organisation in own country.
(f) Letter of introduction from Saudi sponsor and copy of the employment contract.
(g) Copies of academic qualifications and work experience in the field of job applied for.
(h) Letter of No Objection if previously employed in Saudi Arabia.
(i) An amount equivalent to SR50 deposited at the ConsulateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cashier desk.
(e) Airline ticket with confirmed booking (both ways). The point of entry and departure must be Jeddah or Medina.
(f) Meningitis immunisation certificate with validity for more than three years and vaccination issued no less than 10 days before travelling. A Yellow Fever certificate may be required, if travelling from an infected area.
(g) ID card must be worn on wrist band and luggage must be clearly labelled: 'PILGRIM'.
(h) Letter of approval issued by Saudi Ministry of Hajj, confirming that the authorised UK travel agent, tour operator and charities, through which the application for Hajj was submitted, have completed the necessary requirements regarding their pilgrims.
(i) Proof of conversion to Islam may have to be submitted.
(f) Airline ticket reservation showing proof of leaving Saudi Arabia within 48 hours and visa valid for next destination if applicable.
(a) An Exit Permit is required for most nationals, requiring a passport-size photo and must be issued by the Chief of Police (usually processed within three days after application). It is advised to enquire at the nearest Embassy for further information.
(b) There are further requirements for Ummra applications, but these must be submitted by the endorsed travel agent or tour operator.
Working days required
At least 24 hours. At least one week if applying by post. For information on processing time for all other types of visa, contact the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy).