Saudi Arabia Visa

All U.S. citizens are required to have a Saudi Arabia visa when visiting Saudi Arabia. Visas are not issued upon arrival, so you must obtain your visa prior to your scheduled departure. All travel visas require a sponsor and can take several months to process, so it is important that you plan accordingly.

Saudi Arabia issues the following types of visas:

  • Business
  • Employment
  • Transit
  • Visits with close relatives
  • Religious visits by Muslims
  • Government
  • Residence
  • Student
  • Temporary Work
  • Diplomatic/Official
  • Women must be met by their sponsor when they arrive in Saudi Arabia. If you are a woman traveling alone and you do not meet your sponsor, you may experience delays when trying to enter the country. Individuals who are in Saudi Arabia for one visit on a single entry Saudi Arabia visa do not need an exit visa to leave the country.

    But holders of work/residency permits do need an exit visa to leave. All immigration requirements are strictly enforced. If you stay past your authorized visit, you are subject to fines and imprisonment until you receive permission from authorities to leave the country, which can take several weeks.


    Below is a list of items that are common to many types of visas for travel to Saudi Arabia. However, you will be required to provide additional documentation depending upon the type of visa you need to obtain.

    For the most current list of visa requirements, visit the website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

  • Valid U.S. passport with at least six months validity remaining and two blank visa pages adjacent to each other
  • Passport photo
  • Completed application. All Saudi Arabia visa applications must be completed in black pen or printed. Be sure to provide all of the required information. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be processed, which will delay the issuance of your visa and potentially your travel plans
  • Applicable visa fees
  • Minors must have a notarized letter signed by both parents or guardians granting them permission to travel to Saudi Arabia.
  • Submitting Your Application

    You can submit your visa application in person at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. or at one of the Saudi Arabian Consulates in New York, Houston or Los Angeles. If you are unable to submit your application in person, you can authorize a third party to submit it for you or you can mail your application. If you submit your application by mail, you must include a pre-paid self-addressed return envelope from FedEx, UPS or USPS only.


    The fee for a Saudi Arabia visa varies based on the type of visa for which you are applying. Payment is accepted in the form of cashier’s check or money order made payable to “The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.”

    Visa Service

    When you can’t afford to make a mistake on your application or you need someone to submit your application for you, a professional visa service like “company name” can help you secure your visa. Visa companies are experts in the most up to date visa requirements for nearly every country in the world.

    When you work with a visa company, they will guide you through the application process step-by-step to ensure your application is complete and accurate, so you don’t experience a delay in the issuance of your Saudi Arabia visa. If at any time you have questions, a representative will be able to help you.

    When you have completed your application and gathered all of the required documentation, send it to the visa service. They will personally deliver it to the Saudi Arabian Embassy or Consulate on your behalf. After your visa is issued, they will pick it up and mail it directly to you, so you can be sure to have your visa when you need it.

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