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With its new entertainment city, Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia is re-establishing itself on the world travel map for travelers to consider it as more than just a religious destination; it's even opening up for travelers of the world by issuing its new tourist visa. Most people will have to apply through the can or consulate in their respective country, but the KSA has also launched a fast and easy online portal where international visitors of certain eligible countries can apply for a tourist e-visa ahead of their travels.

E-visas can either be single-entry, which allows the visitor to stay up to one month in Saudi Arabia, or multiple entry, which allows a stay of up to three months. The e-visa costs SAR 440 (equivalent to around $117), broken down into SAR3 00 as the base fee and SAR 140 for health insurance – not including taxes.  Countries eligible for the e-visa include the US, Canada, UK, a plethora of European countries, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Alternatively, for those spontaneously entering Saudi Arabia, travelers could get their visa upon arrival through visa kiosks at the airport's immigration desks.

For a country opening its doors to tourists for the first time, their prerequisites for the e-visas and visas on arrival aren't as strict as you'd think. According to the KSA's visa application website, applicants must not be younger than 18, otherwise, they require a guardian. Once that requirement is met, all you need for entrance is a passport valid for six months, a return ticket, a copy of the visa, and an address for proof of accommodation.

To address the elephant in the room, the answer is no – religion of the applicant is not relevant.

If you're not a national of any of the above countries, you can still apply to get a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia through the Saudi embassy or consulate in your home country. The requirements are basically the same as the above, except with the addition of a bank statement, proof of employment, and some supporting information such as identification, home address, and travel itinerary.

Source: Hospitality News