Qatar World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia announces visa-free – how to apply


Hayya card holders will be able to enter the kingdom along with three friends or family members

For the first time ever, Saudi Tourism Authority announces the extension of the Saudi multi-entry visa, the new announcement states that the multi-entry visa allows Hayya Card holders to stay in Saudi for up to 60 days, with pre-entry to the FIFA World Cup not required.

Further extensions will allow for ‘Hayya with Me (1+3)’, allowing Hayya Card holders and three additional friends and family members to enter the kingdom.

All travellers must hold valid Hayya cards to be eligible for free-of-charge entry, visitors will be allowed to stay in Saudi for 60-days starting 10 days prior to the FIFA World Cup.

The rule does not require entry to Doha first, the Hayya Card holder can avail the ease of restrictions prior, during and after the World Cup.

Flights are available to Saudi destinations, with carrier SAUDIA operating 40 shuttle flights daily to Doha from both Jeddah and Riyadh, increased to 60 daily flights on the Saudi team’s match days.

Saudi has also lifted all travel Covid restrictions for international travellers.

To apply for your Saudi multi-entry visa as a Hayya Card holder, visit MOFA and follow the process:

Enter the website
Choose “Services for Hayya Card holders”
Click “Apply”
Register to begin the process of applying for the visa
Pay for medical insurance
Earlier, it was announced that Saudi Arabia’s new regulation allows GCC residents to apply for a Saudi eVisa through the online portal. UK, US and EU residents are permitted to apply for Visa on Arrival.

Minister of Tourism for Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al Khateeb announced that Saudi Arabia is now more accessible to tourism.

Holders of a valid tourist or business visa from the UK, US or a Schengen country continue to be able to apply for visa on arrival, provided that it has been used at least once to enter the country of visa issue.

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