Saudia offers stopover visa programme for all travellers to Saudi Arabia

Saudia is offering a stopover visa programme for passengers flying from Europe.

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In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudia has made it possible for passengers to obtain a stopover visa immediately during the booking process.

Passengers with stopover visas can stay for up to 96 hours in Saudi Arabia. Within this window, guests can perform Umrah, see sacred sites and visit top tourist destinations such as the nation’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites – from the stunning desert landscape of AlUla, bustling Historic Jeddah and the lush greenery of the Al-Ahsa Oasis.

Saudia’s streamlined process allows passengers to pay for their ticket and visa in one step on the Saudia website. The improved pathway is a digital extension of the world-renowned Saudi hospitality, which continues to be a touchstone for the Saudia brand. The move is the latest initiative by Saudia to bolster travel and tourism to the Kingdom as part of Vision 2030, the transformative economic and social campaign that seeks to open Saudi to the world. As part of the initiative, Saudi has outlined goals to have 150 million annual visits to the county by 2030.

Arved Muhlen, chief commercial officer, Saudia said: ‘We are very proud to be bringing the world to Saudi Arabia with our stopover visa initiative. The seamless digital journey for our guests embodies the hospitality that defines flying with Saudia.