Brunei among Group 1 for Saudi Visa online application

Rokiah Mahmud

Brunei Darussalam is among the 49 countries listed in Group 1 that can apply for the Saudi Arabia Visa online application.

This was shared by Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam, Emad bin Abdul Aziz bin Saad Al Muhanna during a press conference at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.

The move provides opportunities for multi entry visa for one year with permit to stay in the Kingdom for 90 days in each entry and overall permit to stay not exceeding 180 days during the year.

“The Kingdom’s introduction of this new visa programme will allow visitors to personally expedite authentic generosity, hospitality, friendliness and welcome through direct interaction with the Saudi citizens,” he added.

“It is a good opportunity to look at the manifestations of these values in the culture of the Saudi people and in daily lives and in our dealings with guests and visitors.”

The ambassador also explained that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to attract 100 million tourists by year 2030.

“We look forward to welcome our visitors from all over the world so as to give them a testimony of the Kingdom’s genuine Arabian hospitality,” he said.

Head of Consular Section Nouaf Al Bedaiwi explained that citizens of the 49 countries listed under Group 1 can obtain or apply visa in two methods – via online application through the website of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage at www.scth.gov.sa. or apply upon arrival to any of the Kingdom’s six entry points including the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh; King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah; King Fahd International Airport in Dammam; the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah Al-Munawwarah; the King Fahd Causeway with Kingdom of Bahrain; and the Al-Bathaa Land Port with United Arab Emirates.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam, Emad bin Abdul Aziz bin Saad Al-Muhanna; and Head of Consular Section Nouaf Al Bedaiwi at the press conference. PHOTOS: ROKIAH MAHMUD

Tourist visa for this group will take between five to 30 minutes processing time.

The visa is issued for multiple entry and valid for one year.

Residence permit for this visa is 90 days and will be issued to individuals 18 years and above while for younger tourists they must be accompanied by their guardians.

The cost for Medical Visa is about SAR300, in addition to SAR140 for Medical insurance (about BND117).

Among the 49 countries under Group 1 are Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, China, United States and more. The list of the countries is available on their website.

Meanwhile for counties listed under Group II, applicants can obtain the tourist visa through the Saudi Arabia Overseas missions and fill in the visa application form and enclose identity documents.

Applicants must have a clear address in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; present the return ticket, hotel bookings and accommodation while their stay in Saudi Arabia; present their employment letter from the employer and proof of financial capability.

They must also present the itinerary of their trip and present all personal details including their permanent home address.

A tourist Visa-holder is allowed to perform Umrah and visit anywhere in Saudi Arabia except Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Madinah Al-Munawwarah which is only allowed for Muslims.

A tourist Visa-holder cannot seek employment or perform Haj.

Tourists will get a chance to explore heritage sites, authentic cultural experience and natural beauty the Kingdom offers.

The heritage sites included under the five UNESCO World Heritage are Madain Saleh in Al-Ula, the largest conserved site of the civilisation of the Nabateans south of Petra in Jordan; At-Turaif District in Ad-Diriyah, the first capital of the Saudi state; Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah; Rock Art in the Hail Region; and Al-Ahsa Oasis with 2.5 million date palms as the largest oasis in the world.

A number of new tourist destinations are under construction including the futuristic city of NEOM, the Qiddiya entertainment city near Riyadh and a range of luxury destinations by the Red Sea.