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Saudi Arabia: Tourist Visas Now Available

By Larry Habegger and Dani Burlison | Permalink | No Comments | December 20th, 2013 | Trackback

Visitors can now apply for tourist visas through the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, allowing travel within the country for up to 30 days. Previously, visas were issued to Americans with sponsors in the country and were used only for business and work, to visit close relatives, or for transit and religious visits by Muslims. The only travelers permitted to enter for tourism were residents of neighboring Gulf Cooperation Council states such as Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, who did not require visas. Now, citizens of more than 65 nations are eligible for tourist entry. The new law also forbids tourist operators from working without licenses and protects landmarks as public property, which cannot be privately owned.

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