Saudi Arabia has ended the sticker visa system on passports for 12 countries

27-Jul-2023 216

Saudi Arabia has taken steps to modernize its visa processing system for 12 countries, including Pakistan. Instead of the traditional visa sticker on passports, the country will now issue an electronic visa (e-visa) linked to a QR code. This change, as reported by Arab media, has been communicated to airlines operating flights to Saudi airports.

Scheduled Implementation for 12 Countries

The implementation of this new visa system will be rolled out in stages for the 12 countries involved. The process is set to begin with:
  • Pakistan: Implementation starts on July 24, 2023.
  • Yemen: Implementation starts on July 26, 2023.
  • Sudan: Implementation starts on August 2, 2023.
  • Uganda: Implementation starts on August 7, 2023.
  • Lebanon: Implementation starts on August 9, 2023.
  • Nepal: Implementation starts on August 14, 2023.
  • Turkey: Implementation starts on August 16, 2023.
  • Sri Lanka: Implementation starts on August 21, 2023.
  • Kenya: Implementation starts on August 23, 2023.
  • Morocco: Implementation starts on August 28, 2023.
  • Thailand: Implementation starts on August 30, 2023.
  • Vietnam: Implementation starts on September 4, 2023

Benefits of the New E-Visa System

  • Simplified visa issuance process with electronic visas and QR codes.
  • Enhanced security and convenience for travelers and authorities.
  • Reduction of paperwork and physical visa stickers, leading to a more eco-friendly approach.

Purpose of E-Visa with QR Code

The new e-visa system with QR codes is designed to serve both visit and transit purposes, providing a convenient and secure alternative to the traditional visa sticker. Travelers from the specified countries will now have their visa information stored electronically, easily accessible through the QR code.

Potential Impact on Tourism and Business

The implementation of the e-visa system is expected to attract more tourists and business travelers to Saudi Arabia, boosting the country's economy and promoting cultural exchange.
The ease of obtaining visas through the electronic system may encourage travelers to explore the diverse attractions and opportunities the country has to offer.