After a lot of planning, delays, and obstacles, Saudi Arabia announced that it will finally issue the tourist visa starting April 1, 2018. This move identifies that Saudi Arabia has come a long way and is a win-win situation for everyone. It depicts how the rule is changing in the Arab country and that they are opening to modernization.
This visa is Saudi Arabia’s best chance to welcome non-Muslim tourists to visit Islamic religious places. Earlier, Saudi Arabia only allows non-Muslims on a business visa or for personal reasons like visiting family. Andrea Ross, director, Wild Frontiers, United States said that people in the US have so many things about Saudi Arabia from religion to business to travel. Being able to travel to Saudi Arabia will allow travelers to visit the country and watch their day to day lives. Wild Frontiers is a company from the US that conducts special tours to Pakistan, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan and plans to take a tour to Pakistan in November.
Ross further continued the itinerary of the Saudi Arabia tour. First, the tour will visit Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh, followed by the Red Sea, and then tourists will spend evening interacting with Saudi families in Riyadh, the country’s capital. Then they will visit the Sarawat Mountains near the Yemen border. The Yemen border has brick houses that were earlier shown as a part of Yemen tour, but now that Yemen tour is canceled, it is a golden opportunity for the tourists.
If you want to travel to Saudi Arabia, you need to travel in a group of four. Women above 25 years of age will be allowed to travel alone without requiring a male counterpart. These tourists won’t be able to travel to Mecca and Medina. Saudi Arabia has been trying to start the tourist visa since 2006, and it has finally come around.