Saudi Arabia's new visa allows transit passengers to stay longer


Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, Saudia, has just launched a one-of-its-kind digital integration system that links transit visas with flight tickets.

The service, known as “Your Ticket, Your Visa”, links all international airports in the kingdom, and allows passengers who are on transit to stay for up to 96 hours. During this time, these visitors can travel around Saudi Arabia, and even perform umrah.

The digital integration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitates the issuing of a transit visa, and then links it to the flight ticket within three minutes.

The launch of the new service is in line with Saudia’s commitment to promote the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and strengthen its role in the region by configuring the airline’s flights coming from the east and departing to the west. The service helps to facilitate travel procedures and coordinates with the Saudi Tourism Authority to provide incentive packages for passengers.

The Your Ticket, Your Visa service was introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Pilgrims Service Programme, and the Saudi Tourism Authority.

Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia said in a statement, “The launch of this innovative and seamless stopover visa is the first of its kind in the aviation industry and a significant milestone in our digital transformation programme. It is a testament to Saudia’s commitment to supporting the kingdom’s strategic goal of reaching 100 million visits by 2030 ... The new service will also encourage passengers to perform umrah, visit key destinations and attend events ...”

The service is part of the digital services provided by Saudia via its website and smart applications.

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