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Obtaining a Visa to Saudi Arabia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kennedee Keys, on February 12, 2021

For those of you planning to visit Saudi Arabia soon, this post is for you! In a previous blog post, we announced that the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington D.C. has reopened and is available for processing all visa types. However, there has been a slight change since that was posted.


According to the Khaleej Times, As of February 3, 2021, Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended entry into the Kingdom for all non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners, and their families from 20 countries including the United States to curb the spread of COVID-19. They have already restricted entry for all tourists. Following that announcement, the Saudi embassies also temporarily suspended visa processing.


Most recently, as of February 10, 2021, the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington D.C., has started to accept visas for processing!


While entry to the country is suspended, you are still able to process an expedited visa through American Passport & Visa International (APVI). APVI is able to get you a Saudi visa in as fast as 3 days, depending on the type of visa. Please note: We are unable to process any tourist visas for non-US passports. If you are a US passport holder, we are able to get you a tourist visa in as fast as 2 hours. Tourist visas are valid for one year from the date of issue.


If you plan on traveling to Saudi Arabia, a benefit to getting your visa now is that as soon as the country travel ban is lifted you can book your flight with no hassle of waiting on getting your visa. Whether you have family in Saudi that you would like to visit, you're going there for business purposes or you recently got a job in Saudi Arabia, APVI can help make your visa process simple, fast, and easy!

If you are looking to get a Saudi Arabia visa please visit us at for more information.


While we are able to submit your application for processing, the borders to Saudi are currently closed to US travelers. If your visa expires before you are able to travel to Saudi, no refund will be possible for the issued visa from the embassy or from APVI. To stay updated you may follow @visitsaudinow on Twitter or visit the website:

Kennedee Keys

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Kennedee is a Passport and Visa Specialist at APVI! 


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