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
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.