Saudi Arabia will issue tourist visas for the first time. The announcement was made Friday by Ahmed al-Khateeb, chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
Through this process, Riyadh aims to diversify its economy and prepare for the post-oil era. The revival of tourism is one of the central features of the “Vision 2030” reform program of Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salman (MBS).
The Wahhabi Kingdom will offer online tourist visas to nationals of 49 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In addition to 7 Asian countries and 38 European countries. On the other hand, Morocco is excluded from this list.
In addition, al-Khateeb announced that his country will also facilitate the dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go out without the “abaya” covering their entire body and which is still mandatory for Saudi women. However, foreign women will be required to “dress modestly”, he added in a statement.
It should be noted that the visas issued by the ultra-conservative kingdom were mainly reserved for expatriate workers, their families and Muslim pilgrims.