Saudi Electronic Visa Waiver

On 2nd August 2023, Saudi Arabia introduced the e-visa waivers (electronic visa waiver) for citizens of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.   
CBHUK has sought clarity on the permissibility of performing Umrah under the “Tourism” category of this new Visa option, just as it is permissible to perform Umrah under an eVisa (Tourist Visa).   Only use this option if you are certain you will get a Umrah booking.  If you have performed Umrah using this visa please do let us know so we can update our advisory for others to benefit.

You can now get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) if you are a British National.

An EVW lets you visit Saudi Arabia for up to 6 months for:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Study
  • Medical treatment

The EVW is for a single entry, so you will need a new one every time you visit KSA. 

You have to make a separate online EVW application for each person travelling. including children

An EVW cannot be used to:

  • Work and Hajj

How to get an EVW

Getting an EVW is not like getting a regular KSA visa. You just need to complete the online form and won’t need to visit a visa application centre.

How to apply

  1. Visit https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/Home/Index2?service_type=1
  2. Create account
  3. Verify/activate account via your email
  4. Log in
  5. Fill in application form


  • Passport size photo with white background
  • Copy of Passport (Scanned image recommended)

EVW cannot be used for Work and hajj.

For more information visit:  https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/Home/Index2?service_type=1

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