Saudi: Over 77,000 Tourist Visas Issued In 33 Days

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As many as 77,069 tourist visas have been issued during the past 33 days since the Kingdom opened its doors to tourists from all over the world.

A total of 28,190 tourists have arrived in the Kingdom via its air and seaports and land entry points during the period between Sept. 27 and Oct. 30 after the government announced the launching of a tourist visa regime for 49 countries.

According to a report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seen by Saudi Gazette, Chinese tourists were at the forefront of international tourists who obtained online visas to enter the Kingdom. A total of 17,988 Chinese tourists secured visas while British tourists come next to them with 17,777.

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Tourists from the United States of America came up third with 8,926 tourists and they were followed by Malaysia (7,158), Canada (5,413), France (3,097), Kazakhstan and Australia (1,685 each), Germany (1,674), and other nationalities 11,693.

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) stated that tourists can apply for a visa before leaving for the Kingdom through the electronic platform ( or upon arrival in the Kingdom at all ports through self-service devices or through smartphones or through the passport offices at the entry points.

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