BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST 2022
The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has welcomed the move by the Saudi Arabia government to lift all the covid -19 entry restrictions for the tourists.
Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to close its borders following the emergence of COVID-19. Since then, the government has implemented stringent health and safety protocols at all public venues, including hotels, restaurants, public buildings and offices.
The following steps have given a big relief to travel agents, tour operators and tourists who are planning to visit Saudi Arabia in the upcoming tourism seasons –
•No proof of vaccination or PCR test required for entry
•Red list of countries discontinued
•Quarantine requirement eliminated
•Social distancing requirements lifted for Makkah and Madinah
VISA ON ARRIVAL IN SAUDI ARABIA
In light of the current announcement made by Govt of Saudi Arabia, VISA ON ARRIVAL IN SAUDI ARABIA is now open for passengers who hold a valid tourist or commercial Visa from Schengen, US & UK and hold any nationality of group (B) countries including India.
– The Visa must be examined to be valid. The Visa must have been used at least once and should have an entry stamp of the issuing country.
– If the steps above are fulfilled, the tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival via any of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s borders.
OTOAI has already given updates to its members through social media and other platforms on Saudi Arabia tourism.
EXPLORE SAUDI ARABIA
Discover the essence of Saudi, where you’ll find a mixture of global diversity that has emerged from this cradle of many human civilizations. Explore the rock inscriptions and archaeological sites dating back to more than 10,000 years. Today, Saudi is a proud home of several heritage sites registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each season of the year offers a distinct Saudi experience. Whether you choose to climb to the top of the highest mountain, 3000 meters above sea level, dive into the magical wonders of the corals and marine life of the Red Sea or cross the largest palm oasis in the world growing more than 2.5 million palm trees, all of these exciting experiences, and more, await you in a country ranked third in the world in terms of safety. Get ready to be part of the largest international events inside the most prominent cities of Saudi. Set out to discover the unique charm of Saudi generosity and heartfelt hospitality. Feast on the distinctively delicious traditional food. Witness the most mesmerizing iconic architectural masterpieces. And, discover the enchanting world of oriental scents.
Saudi Arabia is the second biggest tourist destination in the Middle East. Though most tourism in Saudi Arabia still largely involves religious pilgrimages, there is growth in the leisure tourism sector.
Popular places to visit in Saudi Arabia are Makkah, Medina, Mada’in Salih, Yanbu, Tabuk, Jeddah and Riyadh.
Arriving in Saudi Arabia can be through 13 international airports served by various global airlines. There are also 15 domestic airports connecting the country regions and cites. For moving within the country, there are budget airlines like Flynas, Flyadeal, Nesma Airlines, in addition to Saudi Airlines and SaudiGulf Airlines.