Maldivian Umrah pilgrims to receive on-arrival visa from Saudi Arabia

Maldivian hajj pilgrims carry the national flag in Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, on Wednesday, announced the Saudi Arabian government had agreed to grant on-arrival visas to Maldivian passport holders who travel to the country as tourists or for Umrah pilgrimage.

He made the announcement in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Shahid said the Saudi government had guaranteed the facilitation of on-arrival visas for Maldivian passport holders, and that the decision would result in great travel concessions.

“Once on-arrival visa service begins, Maldivians have the option of obtaining e-visas online before travelling to Saudi Arabia, or obtaining visas upon arrival straight from the airport,” said Shahid.

Once Maldives makes it on the list of countries granted on-arrival visa by Saudi Arabia, Maldivian passport holders will be granted 30 days for single country and 90 days for multiple entries per year.

“And this change will result in a huge reduction in visa fees. But this visa cannot be used for purposes such as Hajj pilgrimage, education, healthcare or work in Saudi Arabia,” said Shahid.