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Saudi Arabia Plans for Tourism Include the Issuing of an E-Visa

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Saudi Missions abroad plans into issuing visas online for tourists, through an online application as a new system that will go into full operation.

Since the issuing of the regular visas, around 9,000 ones have already been issued for visitors, who attended four of the Kingdom’s hugest events including, the Formula E motor racing, the Italian Super Cup football match in Jeddah, the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, and the Winter at Tantora festival in Al-Ula.

This step goes under the plans of Saudi Arabia to turn the country into a touristic hub, that will attract international tourists and host global events. In the light of this plan, the government is to adopt a new technology that will permit consulates and embassies to issue electronic visas in just 24 hours, upon receiving the request.

The plan of the Saudi missions abroad extends to the country being the quickest in the world, to turn around applications.

“There is a huge demand for tourism, especially from the US, European countries and Japan,” Khalid Al-Kahtani, a counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ visa department, said.

Al-Khatani also added that they will be allowing women from abroad to visit the country, without a male guardian.

 

 

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Saudi Arabia Ranked 6th Safest Travel Destinations in World During Pandemic

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Saudi Arabia has been ranked among the six safest travel destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wego Travel Blog.

In the article “Safe Places to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published by Wego Travel Blog, the Kingdom was ranked the sixth safest country and it’s also worth mentioning that it was the only Middle Eastern country in the group.

The travel blog chose the countries according to an EU methodology for its travel risk assessment.

Australia came first first in the global safe destinations for travel during the pandemic, followed by New Zealand, Singapore, Zambia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

The classification comes based on the country’s ability in containing the pandemic and how efficient its health system is, regarding the number of ICUs and medical staff.

 

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Second Partial Lifting on the Suspension of International Flights To Happen in November

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Ready to fly away to more countries soon? It has been announced that new international destinations will be available for traveler starting next month.

Saudi’s airline made the announcement on its official Twitter account, adding that the total number of international destinations for permitted travelers will rise to 33.

This is considered to be the second partial lifting of the suspension of international flights, after the first one that took place on September 15th that permitted traveling to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Destinations now include more cities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and extend to Beirut, Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Delhi, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Kochi, Lahore, Multan, Mumbai and Peshawar.

As for the full lifting of the suspension, the Kingdom plans on ending all restrictions as of next year on air, land and sea transport. An official date will be announced in December.

 

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Saudi Airlines Resume Flights to 20 Destinations in Asia, Europe and Middle East

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As life is slowly returning back to normal and countries are trying to safely cope with the pandemic, Saudi airlines has resumed its international flights to 20 destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

This step comes after a suspension that lasted for seven months and a disruption that the pandemic has caused. The airline is now ready to fly again to Amman, Dubai, Tunis, Cairo, Alexandria, Khartoum, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Washington, DC, Islamabad, Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

A partial resumption for international flights started since September 15th, following a six-month strict suspension.

According to the Interior Ministry, all restrictions on air, land and sea transport will end after the first of January 2021, a specific date is yet to be announced in December. The airline normally flies to more than 85 destinations worldwide.

The General Directorate of Passports (GDP) is calling on all Saudis and expats traveling from Saudi Arabia to comply with all safety regulations and health requirements.

The directorate said that those requirements and procedures are constantly updated and without prior notice.

To learn about the travel documents’ regulations and instructions, they can visit the GDP’s official website.

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