How do I apply for a tourist visa to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia?
(Daytona Beach, Florida)
Question: I am planning to visit my students for a 2-week vacation in December (not business)from the USA to Jeddah, Kuwait, Qatar, and Dubai. Do I need separate tourist visas for each country? I know that I don't need one for UAE, because I am a US citizen. I only found business visas on the Internet, but I am only on holiday for 2 weeks in December. Please let me know how I can find the visitor's visa forms online. Do I need to send my passport to different visa agencies? Thank you for your assistance. Kim
It is important to understand that each country determines their own visa requirements and that these can change at any moment without notice. Also, travel visas usually have a specific validity from the time they are issued until you must enter the country.
I mention this because information provided today may not be valid when it comes time for you to apply for the visas. Since your trip is not until December, it is much too early to begin the process.
However, here are some things of which you should be aware.Saudi Arabia Visas
A passport valid for at least six months upon entry and 2-6 months beyond exit, and a visa are required for entry. Visas for tourism are issued only for approved tour groups following organized itineraries. All visas require a sponsor, can take several months to process, and must be obtained prior to arrival.
In the past, American citizens have reported being refused a Saudi visa because their passports reflected travel to Israel or indicated that they were born in Israel, although this has not happened recently. Women visitors and residents are required
to be met by their sponsor upon arrival. Women who are traveling alone and are not met by sponsors have experienced delays before being allowed to enter the country or to continue on other flights.Qatar Visa
According to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. citizens are only able to apply for tourist visas on arrival in at the Qatar International Airport. If arriving at other ports of entry, a tourist visa must be secured ahead of travel.
Please click the link below for detailed instructions to obtaining a Qatar Visa. You may want to bookmark the page so that you can refer to it when it comes time to apply.How to Apply for a Qatar VisaVisas to UAE (Dubai) and Kuwait
Presently, there is no need for an entry visa to the UAE for personal travel under 30 days. You would need a visa to enter Kuwait. Fortunately, this can be obtained upon arrival. The fee is currently at USD $150 for single entry and $175 for multiple entries.Special Note
Be aware that Visitors who overstay their visit in Saudi Arabia are subject to a fine of 10,000 Saudi Riyals (or $2,667) and incarceration pending deportation proceedings. Americans should request clarification from Saudi Immigration authorities upon arrival as to the permitted length of stay. A common mistake among visitors is confusing the validity of their Saudi visa with the permitted length of stay in the Kingdom.
Visitors to Saudi Arabia should generally obtain a meningitis vaccination prior to arrival.
Also, some of these countries that you plan to visit have very rigid exit procedures. Please make sure that you follow them very carefully or you can be fined and denied future entrance.
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