If you are looking for a visa to Saudi Arabia from UK, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we discuss the process you need to take with Byevisa to get your travel documentation in place with the least hassle.
Saudi Arabia is an excellent destination for British tourists who want to find out more about the fascinating history of this country. It is also known as the land of the two mosques because it is home to the Al-Masjid al-Haram and the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, found in Mecca and Medina. These are said to be the two most holy places in the Islamic religion.
Take some time to read through the following information and find out exactly how to get your visa for Saudi Arabia from UK. We take you through each aspect of your application, plus answer some of the most common questions we get asked.
Do I Need A UK Visa for Saudi Arabia?
Yes, all British tourists need to obtain a visa to gain access to this country. The good news is that you can apply for your documentation directly through the Byevisa site and have it delivered to your email inbox. The current Multiple-Entry tourist visa gives you access to enter the country across a 360-day window. You are permitted to spend a maximum of 90 days in the country per visit and cannot spend more than 180 days in the country in a year. If you are travelling for reasons other than tourism, you must apply for a different type of authorisation.
How Do I Apply for an eVisa for Saudi Arabia From UK?
Applying for your tourist visa through the Byevisa site is quick and simple. You just need to input the following details into the application form to get the process started:
- Your email address.
- Your expected date of entry and exit into the country.
- Your current phone number.
- Your full name, including any middle names you have.
- Your gender.
- Your nationality.
- Your birthday.
- The country you currently live in.
- The country you were born in.
- Your passport number.
- Your passport issue and expiry dates.
- The country that issued your passport.
- A valid payment method (credit/debit card or PayPal account).
You must also provide the following supporting documents:
- A scan of your passport information page.
- A passport-sized photo.
Requirements for Saudi Arabia Visa for UK Citizens
Using your e-Visa for Saudi Arabia from UK is simple: just print out a hard copy of it to present when you arrive at border control. In addition, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining from the time you enter the country.
- You must show your return ticket and accommodation address to officials.
- If you have any minors in your travel group, they must be accompanied by an adult who can act as their official guardian.
Saudi Arabia Visa Fee – UK Nationals
The current cost of obtaining your eVisa stands at 125 USD and includes your visa and health coverage fee. You also need to pay a processing fee for using the Byevisa service, and there are 3 options you can choose from depending on how quickly you need your paperwork:
- Standard – 5 business days, for a cost of 30 USD.
- Rapid – 3 business days, for 55 USD.
- Highly Rapid – 1 business day, for 80 USD.
If you overstay your visa, then you will be required to pay 25.75 USD fine for each day you remain in the country. This fee has to be paid before you will be permitted to leave the country.
Recurrently Asked Questions and Answers
When it comes to travelling, Byevisa understands that you may have other questions that you need to be answered before you can set off. We have collated some of the most common ones and answered them below for you to check out.
Can I Get A Saudi Arabia Visa on Arrival for UK Citizens?
Yes, you can apply for a VoA when you land, but this process is well known for being lengthy and taking up time that could be spent enjoying your holiday. Instead, you can apply online with the Byevisa service so you don’t need to queue and deal with the hassle of getting your paperwork when you arrive.
Do I Need A Saudi Arabia Transit Visa for UK Citizens?
If your transit stay in the country is less than 12 hours, you do not need to apply for a transit visa. If, however, the time is longer than 12 hours, you will need a transit visa in place. Most airlines can help you to work out if you need a transit visa and help you to apply for it. If your airline does not offer support with applying for a transit visa, then you can apply directly to the Saudi Embassy.
Can I Enter the Country If I Have Previously Been To Israel?
There is a possibility that you will not be granted entry to the country if your passport shows that you have previously been to Israel. If your birthplace is listed as Israel, you may also find that you are not able to enter the country.
Can I Travel To This Country Alone As A Woman?
If you are a female tourist, you should have no problem being admitted into the country. However, if you are arriving as a non-tourist, you must have a sponsor waiting for you at your port of entry. In addition, if you are married to a Saudi national, then you will not be able to leave the country without official permission from your husband.
Can I Use the eVisa to go on Umrah and Hajj?
Yes, you can use this travel document as your Umrah visa. However, since Hajj is only permitted in the final month of the Islamic calendar during Dhu al-Hijjah, you require a different visa to enter Saudi Arabia on Hajj.
Full Information for Tourists
If you want further information when it comes to applying for your eVisa, then head over to the Byevisa page on Saudi visas, where you will find everything you need.
You can also find out more helpful guidance on travelling to the country by visiting this page.