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Three-minute e-visas for visitors of Saudi's Jeddah Season festival

Event organisers reportedly say visitors booking festival tickets can procure quick e-visas

Jeddah Season is under way in Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah Season
Jeddah Season is under way in Saudi Arabia.

Organisers of Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Season have reportedly announced the issuance of three-minute e-visas for visitors of the event, which started on 8 June with a concert by Emirati singer Ahlam Al Shamsi and will run till 18 July.

Commenting about the initiative, general supervisor of Jeddah Season, Raed Abu Zinada, said: “The initiatve will help improve the tourism sector, which is a key driver of the national economy and an important component of the economic diversification that the kingdom is looking forward to achieve."

Abu Zinada said that through the purchase of a ticket, applicants will be able to obtain a tourist visa within three minutes by signing in on the new Saudi e-visa system's website after completing other minor procedures, according to a report by local daily Saudi Gazette.

The news comes weeks after Saudi Arabia and the UK reportedly formed a legal committee to launch a document that, when approved, will allow investors and workers that are part of the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom gigaproject to travel without a visa between several countries in the Red Sea, such as Egypt and Jordan.

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet – chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – approved the Privileged Iqama special residency system in mid-May, which will allow highly skilled expats and owners of capital funds to live and work in Saudi Arabia without the need for a local sponsor.

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