Visiting Saudi Arabia, the country of many outstanding World Heritage sites, has now become much easier to travel to due to the introduction of an electronic visa system for over 50 nationalities, including Swedish citizens. Until recently, the country has been closed off to visitors except for religious and business-purpose visits.
However, from September 2019, Swedish citizens have been able to obtain a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia through a simple online application, eliminating the need to visit a Saudi embassy or consulate to apply for a visa.
The new electronic visa system has been implemented as a result of the country’s mission to make Saudi Arabia a holiday destination for international tourists as well as to shed the perception of its unfriendly image due to its strict Islamic laws.
Currently, the Saudi Arabian eVisa is available to citizens of the Schengen Area (including Sweden), Africa, Australia, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, U.S., and Taiwan. The list is also expected to be expanded in the near future.
The Saudi eVisa for tourism is valid for a total of 90 days from the date of issue. By obtaining the Saudi Arabian electronic visa, travelers can also benefit from the opportunity to also visit the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar, its neighboring countries.
When visiting Saudi Arabia, all travelers must respect the Saudi Arabian Islamic laws, values, and traditions.
Saudi Arabia Visa: Passport Requirements for Swedish Citizens
In order to obtain a visa for Saudi Arabia from Sweden, the following documents are required:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months, counting from the date of entering Saudi Arabia
- Completed eVisa online application form
- One passport-size photo, dimensions: 200 x 200 pixels (2.08 x 2.08 inches)
- Credit or debit card for visa fee payment
- Email address
Missing documents will also contribute to prolonging the process, therefore make sure all required documents are attached before submitting.
Swedish transit passengers must also apply and obtain a Saudi Arabian eVisa in case the length of connecting time between flights exceeds 12 hours.
According to current information, females above 25 years old will be able to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone, while females under this age threshold must travel in organized and certified groups or accompanied by a male family member or a companion.
It’s mandatory for foreigners to have medical insurance for the whole time they spend in Saudi Arabia. The payment of the visa fee includes the automatic purchase of medical insurance coverage. The eVisa medical insurance will cover up to 100,000 SAR in medical expenses but no extra fees will be charged.
Be mindful that the mandatory medical insurance for Saudi Arabia covers emergency cases only. All the insurance companies providing coverage as part of visas are approved and certified in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia visa requirements for Swedish citizens may be prone to small changes as the electronic system for tourism is still new and may be developed further. Updates about any changes to the Saudi Arabia eVisas will immediately be published on our website.
Apply for a Saudi Arabian Visa from Sweden
Traveling to Saudi Arabia will soon become easier with the electronic visa for Swedish citizens. To apply for the Saudi Arabian electronic visa from Sweden, applicants must begin by filling in the online application form, which contains a few basic personal questions, such as:
- Passport information: nationality, passport number, expiry date
- Personal information: full name, date of birth, address
- Travel plans: dates, bookings
In total, filling in the online application form for the Saudi Arabian visa does not take longer than 10 minutes to complete. The application form should be completed in capital letters only. It is also necessary to answer a few security and health-related questions on the online application form, such as criminal conviction and medical history.
Visa requirements for Swedish citizens traveling to Saudi Arabia also include providing proof of getting the appropriate vaccinations. Being a desert country, various insects carrying diseases may be a health hazard, therefore all travelers are advised to get the appropriate vaccinations when traveling to Saudi Arabia.
Before submitting, applicants are also advised to double-check the information provided in the application form in case of mistakes, which may prolong the process or may take from 24 hours even risk the rejection of the application altogether.
Once submitted, the visa processing time may take 24 up to 72 hours, maximum. The visas obtained for the Formula E event did not take applicants longer than a day to receive.
Once approved, the applicant will receive the Saudi Arabian eVisa at the email address provided, and the visa will also be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport number. Travelers should print the email with the Saudi Arabian eVisa to bring to the airport for passport control. The copy of the eVisa and the applicant’s passport should be presented to border control officials upon landing.