Indians Can Apply For A 96-Hour Stop Over Visa In Saudi Arabia; See Details

With Saudi Arabia’s recent move to provide Indian citizens a free 96-hour visa, tourists now have intriguing new options. Alhasan Aldabbagh, President of Saudi Tourism Authority for Asia Pacific, made this announcement in a recent interview with news agency ANI.

The choice to provide this visa facilitation demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgement of India’s importance as a major market for its tourist industry. Ten VFS offices are already established in India, and more are scheduled to open in the next year, providing easier access to Saudi Arabia. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the visiting Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah, said in New Delhi that Indian nationals may now undertake Umrah on business, tourist, and umrah visas.

The creation of a stopover program, which offers a 96-hour free visa to travelers using Saudi Airlines or Flynas, a private low-cost airline in Saudi Arabia, is one of the initiative’s main advantages. Additionally, visitors with a valid visa from the US, the UK, or Schengen may apply for an e-Visa or a visa upon arrival.

of the highly anticipated South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2024 Travel Show, Alhasan Aldabbagh, President of the Asia Pacific area of the Saudi Tourism Authority, made this statement. In response to a question about the importance of the Indian market to Saudi Arabia, Aldabbagh said, “India is a key market for Saudi. We had 1.5 million visits from India in only the previous year, a phenomenal fifty percent increase. We envision 2030, and one of our goals is to bring 7.5 million tourists from India to Saudi Arabia.

Together with National and State Tourism Boards, SATTE offers a major platform for local and international buyers in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.

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