Saudi Arabia Launches E-Visa Waiver for UK Nationals

Effective immediately as announced on August 3, 2023, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) for nationals of the United Kingdom.

  • The EWV allows a single entry for a stay of up to six months for business, tourism, study or medical treatment. It cannot be used for work or for the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • The application can be submitted online between three months and 48 hours before the date of travel.
  • The visa approval will be sent to the applicant via email within 24 hours of submitting the application.

The UK government introduced an electronic visa waiver for nationals of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on June 1, 2023, with equivalent benefits and requirements. This service is also available to nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates travelling to the UK.

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