Welcome Australian citizens to Saudi Arabia: one of the most beautiful and diverse destinations on the planet. Officially called The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, It is the second biggest tourist destination in the Middle East.
Known worldwide as the birthplace of Islam and positioned as west Asia’s primary historic trade hub, Saudi Arabia posses a unique cultural heritage that has been shaped by its history. The country of the Saudis is home to Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina.
Islamic traditions, It’s art life, and antiquities of the Kingdom are featured on its variety of museums ranging from historical and archeological to cultural and scientific museums that annually host thousands of visitors from all over the globe.
Discover the wilderness of one of the largest sand deserts exploring the Rub’ Al Khali, a huge stretch of unbroken land that has dared kings, adventurers, and nomads for thousands of years.
Saudi Arabia has four distinct seasons and a climate that varies between regions, offering tourists activities with all kinds of weather conditions. The Saudis are famous for their football teams in particular and have a lot to offer when it comes to water sports like Scuba-diving, windsurfing, and sailing.
Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia. However, English is widely spoken in the Kingdom and road signals are written in both languages making it easy for American Visitors to go around.
What is electronic Visa and what do I need to apply for it?
The electronic Visa for Saudi Arabia is an official document that grants Australian visitors the right to enter the country on the purpose of tourism.
There are a few important requirements that applicants should be aware of:
- The passport used to apply for the Visa should have a minimum validity of 6 months.
- Applicants must submit a recent passport size colour photograph with a white background.
What’s the cost of the eVisa?
Saudi Arabia Electronic Visa costs a total of AUD 191.20
- Visa cost: AUD 130.00
- Medical insurance: AUD 61.20
How long does the electronic Visa last?
The electronic Visa for Australian citizens visiting Saudi Arabia is valid for a total of 1 year from the date of issue.
A valid passport is required to apply for a Visa to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A minimum of six months’ validity beyond the date of travel is recommended and one blank page is required for entry stamp.
How many entries does the electronic Visa allow?
The Saudi Arabia online Visa features multiple entries, allowing a stay of 90 days with each entry to the country, for a total stay of 180 days during its validity.
How long in advance should I request the Visa?
It is recommended to apply for this Visa at least 24 hours before your trip to Saudi Arabia to allow for processing times and to avoid any inconveniences.
Authorized airports and land borders
Only a few specific airports are equipped to handle the influx of foreign tourists with eVisas into the country. These include the following:
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Riyadh
- King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) – Jeddah
- King Fahd International (DMM) – Dammam
- Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International (MED) – Madinah
Travellers entering the country with an eVisa may also arrive via designated land entry points. This allows tourists coming from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Bahrain to enter the country by road, rather than through an airport.
Do I have a guaranteed entry with eVisa?
Not at all. Possession of the electronic visa for Saudi Arabia does not grant the right of automatic entry to the country.
Which Vaccinations Do I Need?
Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Australia is currently not listed on countries with risk of yellow fever. However, if you are flying from another country, be sure to check this requirement.
What documents should I present when I arrive?
Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, you must present your passport along with a printed version of your electronic Visa.