Saudi Arabia eases visa process for Turkish Citizens

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The Ministry of Tourism in Saudi Arabia has recently announced new tourism measures aimed at making it easier for tourists from six countries, including Turkey, to enter the country.

E-visa program adding additional six countries

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Saudi Tourism Ministry revealed that it has extended its e-visa program to six additional countries, allowing nationals from those nations to apply for visas online before travelling. The move is part of a broader effort to encourage tourism in Saudi Arabia and make it easier for nationals from selected countries to enter.

New e-visa system benefitting 63 countries in total

Recently, Saudi Arabia added some new countries to its e-visa program, which now benefits a total of 63 countries around the world. The new countries included in the program are Türkiye, Thailand, Mauritius, Seychelles, Panama, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

With the e-visa, the holders are allowed to perform Umrah and visit all religious and touristic sites in the country. Saudi Arabia's decision to open up its historical and cultural sites in 2016 was part of its efforts to promote tourism in line with its grand 2030 vision.

Changes stem from diversification of the economy

The country has aims to diversify its economy further, which is currently heavily reliant on oil. By 2030, Saudi Arabia hopes to attract a total of 100 million visitors annually to the country, which will also generate employment opportunities for up to one million people in the tourism sector.


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