Saudi Arabia welcomed 16 million visitors in 2017. It is the second biggest tourist destination in the Middle East. Most of the foreign visitors that travel to Saudi Arabia do so for religious pilgrimages with a Hajj or Umrah visa.
However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants to change that and open up the country to the world. This means that they are developing a Saudi Arabia electronic visa system that will allow foreign nationals, including citizens of South Korea, to easily apply for the Saudi Arabia eVisa.
Do South Korean citizens need a Saudi Arabia visa?
At this time, the only countries that do not require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. South Korean nationals need a Saudi Arabia visa to travel and enter the country.
Currently, citizens of South Korea need to head to a Saudi mission or a visa agency accredited to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to apply for a visa. When Saudi Arabia launches the electronic visa system, South Korean nationals will be able to apply online for their eVisa.
South Korean travelers may need a transit visa if the connecting time between flights is over 12 hours. Travelers are advised to check with a travel agency, or airline whether a visa will be required.
To travel to Saudi Arabia, South Koreans must have a passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry to the country. The traveler needs to have at two blank passport page for an entry stamp. A yellow fever certificate may be a requirement as well.
South Korean women should know that they must be met by a sponsor on arrival to the Kingdom. Otherwise, as a woman, they may face delays before being allowed to enter the country to continue to a connecting flight.
What are the requirements for South Koreans applying for a Saudi Arabia visa
- The passport should be valid for 6 months from the date of arrival
- The passport must have at least 2 back-to-back blank visa pages
- Pay the Saudi visa fee
- One (1) recent passport size color photo with a white background
Applicants will need to provide:
- Personal information (full name, address, date of birth, etc.)
- Passport details (number, expiration date, nationality, etc.)
- Proof of travel (dates, accommodation, etc.)
- Health information
When the Saudi Arabia eVisa system becomes available, South Korean nationals will also need a debit or credit card and an email address. The debit or credit card will be needed to pay for the eVisa fee. The email address will be a requirement so that the applicant can receive notifications about the status of their Saudi eVisa.
How to apply for a Saudi visa as a South Korean citizens
Currently, South Korean citizens need to gather all necessary requirements and apply for their Saudi visa through an embassy or through a visa agency accredited to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
Once the Saudi Arabia eVisa is available, South Koreans are expected to be able to apply online for the respective authorization. The Saudi Arabia eVisa application will be straightforward and easy to complete.
Applicants will need to complete several details on the online form, including their full name, date of birth, sex, country of birth, date of birth, citizenship and contact information. Each applicant will be required to provide their passport details, including the number, issuing and expiration date.
South Korean nationals will also need to answer a series of security questions, pay for the visa fee and submit the application form. The Saudi Arabia eVisa system will process the application and will notify the applicant when the eVisa has been approved.
We will update this site with essential information about the eVisa for Saudi Arabia. Be sure to check the site for news about the visa and all the requirements for South Korean nationals.