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How to get your Saudi Visa for UAE Residents

Last Updated : 03 May 2024

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30-Second Summary

UAE citizens do not need a visa when travelling to Saudi Arabia for tourism purposes. However, you must apply for a Saudi visa if you are a foreign national residing in the UAE.

  • The Saudi Arabia visa is an online application.

  • You don't need to visit an embassy for an interview or to submit your passport.

Important Information

Visa type

Saudi Arabia e-visa.

Saudi Arabia visa fees

The Saudi Arabia visa fees are AED 452 for a single entry visa.

Processing time

The processing time takes 8 days on the government portal and 5 days through Atlys .

Saudi visa validity

Your visa will be valid for up to 1 year.

Lenght of stay

This visa allows you to stay in the country for 90 days.

Do UAE residents need a visa to Saudi Arabia?

Yes, UAE residents must apply for a visa to visit Saudi Arabia. UAE residents can apply for a Saudi e-visa to enter the country for short visits and tourism.

The Saudi e-visa is valid for 1 year and will allow stays of up to 90 days. You can apply for your visa on Atlys or the official government portal.

Is there a Saudi Arabia visa on arrival?

No, there is not a Saudi Arabia visa-on-arrival option for most nationalities. Only a few citizenships can apply for a visa once arriving at the airport. You must check the government website to see if your nationality is eligible for a visa on arrival.

Saudi visa requirements for UAE residents

To complete the Saudi visa for UAE residents application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Passport: You must provide a copy of your passport information page. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after departure.

  • Photo: Submit a recently taken passport-sized photo that meets the requirements.

  • Proof of UAE residency: Provide relevant documents that prove you are a legal resident of the United Arab Emirates.

When uploading your documents on Atlys, we'll ensure they meet all the necessary requirements.

Saudi Arabia visa fees

The fee for the Saudi Arabia visa is AED 452 for a single entry visa.*

*The Saudi Arabia visa fees will be charged per the exchange rate on the day of your application.

Applying for your Saudi Arabia visa

At Atlys, we ensure our readers know their options when applying for a visa. UAE nationals eligible for an e-visa can complete the e-visa application on Atlys or the government portal.

How to apply for the Saudi visa on Atlys

You can complete the Saudia visa online through Atlys to ensure a seamless application process. Here's how:

  • Visit Atlys: Start your visa application on Atlys.

  • Submit your documents: Upload the required documents directly or using the camera on your laptop or smartphone.

  • Enter your details: Provide the required personal and travel information.

  • Pay and submit: Before finalising your application, verify that all the information provided is accurate. Then, proceed to checkout to pay the visa fee.

Why choose Atlys

  • Government visa approval dates are uncertain and can take up to 8 days. On Atlys, you will receive your visa in 5 days.

  • Atlys works with government partners to ensure you receive your visa on time.

  • On Atlys, you can include multiple travellers in a single application.

How to apply through the government portal

Another option is to apply for a Saudi visa for UAE residents through the government portal:

  • Visit the portal: Go to the Saudi Arabian government portal and choose the e-visa option according to your eligibility.

  • Personal details: Provide all the personal details requested and upload your passport-sized photo.

  • Passport details: Enter your passport information, ensuring all details are accurate and match your passport. Then, upload a digital copy of your passport.

  • Place of resident: Upload a digital copy of your valid UAE visa or residency permit and provide the necessary residential information.

  • Review your details: Double-check to ensure all the information provided is accurate.

  • Medical insurance: Enter the necessary medical information and choose one of the available medical insurance options.

  • Pay your visa: Finalise your application by paying the Saudi visa fees. A 5% surge charge will be applied to most international payments. Avoid this by using Atlys.

Additional documents:

When applying for the Saudi visa on the government website, you must additionally add a UAE residence permit valid for at least 3 months.

Tips when applying

  • Ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and matches your passport information.

  • Your documents can not exceed 5MB and must be in JPEG or PNG format.

  • Apply for your visa in advance to ensure enough time to process it.

  • Monitor your visa status to ensure no further documents or information are needed post-application.

Receive your approved Saudi visa

After submitting your Saudi visa application for UAE residents, authorities will take 8 days to process your visa. However, processing delays can occur, extending the timeframe. Apply for your visa well in advance to account for potential delays.

Through Atlys:

Upon approval of your visa, you will receive a notification to download your Saudi e-visa. Remember to print the e-visa before you travel.

Through the government portal:

After visa approval, you will receive an email regarding your visa approval. Download and print the visa before travelling.

Here is a sample of the Saudi e-visa:

Saudi Arabia e-visa sample.

Saudi visa information for UAE residents

How do you check your visa status?

You can check the status of your Saudi visa online through the following steps:

  • Visit the government portal.

  • In the top menu bar, Click on "Track Application".

  • Provide your Application and ID number.

  • Click "Track my application" to see your visa's current status.

Easily check your Saudi e-visa status on your phone by downloading the Atlys app.

Saudi Arabia visa processing time

The Saudi visit visa for UAE residents takes 8 days to process through the government portal. However, with Atlys, you will receive your approved e-visa in 5 days.

Saudi visa stay and validity period

Your Saudi visa for UAE residents will be valid for one year once approved. With this visa, you can enter Saudi Arabia once and stay up to 90 days.

Our commitment to visa accuracy

At Atlys, our goal is to provide our readers with accurate and current information. To ensure accuracy, we gather all information from trusted government sources, such as:

Due to potential changes in visa fees and requirements, we advise contacting the embassy before applying for your Saudi visa from the UAE. This will ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Frequently asked questions

Do UAE residents need a visa for Saudi Arabia?

Yes, if you are not a GCC citizen, you must apply for a Saudi visa for UAE residents. Visit the government website to check if your nationality is eligible for the e-visa.

Which countries are part of the GCC agreement?

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprises 6 countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

How can I obtain a Saudi visa from Dubai?

You can apply for a Saudi Arabia visa from Dubai through Atlys or the government portal. If your nationality is not eligible for an e-visa, you must apply for a Saudi visa through an embassy.

What reasons can cause my Saudi visa to get rejected?

Some common reasons causing visa rejections include:

  • Not providing accurate information on the application form.

  • If you do not have sufficient funds for your trip.

  • When your passport doesn't have sufficient validity.

  • When your resident permit is not valid for at least 3 months.

What is the easiest way to obtain a Saudi visa as a UAE resident?

The easiest way to apply for your Saudi e-visa is through Atlys. Atlys will ensure all the documents you provide meet the requirements. With the seamless process, you can complete your application in under 5 minutes.

Do I need medical insurance when applying for a Saudi e-visa?

Yes, when completing the Saudi e-visa application, you must choose one of the provided medical insurance options to complete your application.

Do I need to print my Saudi e-visa?

Yes, once your visa is approved, you must print it before travelling to Saudi Arabia.

What is a KSA visa for UAE residents?

The KSA visa for UAE residents allows various nationalities to apply for a Saudi e-visa. Saudi recently released the KSA website to simplify the process of obtaining a visa for Saudi Arabia.

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