Saudi Arabia and its modern electronic visas
A country as traditional and as hermetic as Saudi Arabia today is put in the public arena by announcing that it is opening its doors to tourism, for which it announces an electronic visa regime for 51 countries. It is a little explored place, precisely because of its culture.
So far, who could enter Saudi Arabia with an electronic visa?
Until now, the Saudi kingdom only allowed free transit to people from neighboring countries with its national identity document; such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman.
Qatar was included in this list, but due to diplomatic differences that both kingdoms have maintained for two years, this country was removed from this benefit.
Why do they want tourists? By offering electronic visas for various countries, Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its economy and shed its economic dependence on black gold, known as oil.
First e-visa trials
Last year, several large-scale events were held in Saudi Arabia, which managed to attract 9,000 foreigners interested in attending and enjoying the Formula E race, the Camel Festival, the Tantora Festival and a match of the Italian Super Cup Soccer.
For which the electronic visas were approved, in order for people to gain entry to this oil nation, achieving a good entry of income for the country.
Attractions of Saudi Arabia
Masjid al — Haram or Holy Mosque. The largest mosque in the world and the most important for Muslims, because of what it means for this religion.
Abraj Al-Bait Towers. One of the tallest and largest buildings in the world.
Jamaraat Bridge. Built in 1963; It is a multi-level pedestrian bridge, used by pilgrims to Mecca to throw stones at the three pillars of Jamrah, in the stoning ritual of the devil.
Madaín Saleh or cities of Saleh. A very old city that keeps enormous history from the second millennium BC.
There is much more to see and know. Dare to explore a country until now unexplored and discover its history, its people and its culture.