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Saudi Arabia said to launch new 90-day host visa

Visa is expected to cost $133 per person for a year, according to reports

Saudi Arabia said to launch new 90-day host visa

Saudi Arabia is set to launch a new 90-day visa which allows locals and expats to host people under their personal sponsorship, according to media reports.

The Saudi Gazette has said the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) and the Ministry of Haj and Umrah are carrying out studies about the introduction of the host visa service through the Ministry of Interior’s portal of Absher.

It comes just weeks after Saudi launched a tourist visa, allowing citizens of 49 countries online e-visas or visas on arrival, including the United States, Australia, several European nations, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China and Kazakhstan.

This was later extended to nationals of other countries holding a valid commercial or a tourist visa issued by the US, the UK or the European Union’s Schengen visa.

It is understood the latest visa system, which will cost SR500 ($133) per person for a year, would allow a citizen or expat to host from three to five Umrah pilgrims. The report said Saudi nationals can host anyone, although expats were restricted to family members.

The visa allows hosts to entertain guests with full freedom to travel and stay either in hotels, furnished apartments or along with them.