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How to apply for a Stopover or Transit Visa for Saudi Arabia

Discover everything about Saudi Arabia's Transit or Stopover Visa, including eligibility, application process, fees, and benefits for travelers planning to explore the Kingdom during a brief layover.


A transit/stopover visa permits travelers passing through Saudi Arabia to enter the country for various purposes, such as performing Umrah, visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, and attending tourism events.


In this article:

How to apply for a Stopover or Transit Visa for Saudi Arabia
Please note: Stopover visa holders intending to visit Makkah or Al Madinah for Umrah or Ziyarah must schedule their appointments through the Nusuk App.

How to apply for the Transit or Stopover Visa?

Very simple, just book flights with Saudi Airlines or Flynas with a stopover in KSA and get a free Stopover Visa for up to 96 hours. How to apply for a Saudi Visa as a GCC Resident?


How much does the Transit or Stopover Visa Cost?

The visa is free, although there may be an administrative and medical insurance fee.


How long does it take to issue the transit/stopover visa?

Once you have booked and paid for your flights, your transit/stopover visa will be emailed to you immediately.


Who is eligible for the transit/stopover visa? Anyone can obtain a transit/stopover visa. Travelers passing through Saudi Arabia en route to another destination and flying with Saudia or Flynas are eligible for special offers. Those flying with other carriers should apply for a standard transit/stopover visa.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How long does it take to apply for the transit/stopover visa? The application process takes less than 5 minutes.


  • How long does it take to issue the transit/stopover visa? Once you have booked and paid for your flights, your transit/stopover visa will be emailed to your registered email address immediately.


  • How long is the transit/stopover visa valid? The visa is valid for up to 96 hours upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.


  • Can I perform Umrah on the transit/stopover visa? Yes, transit/stopover visa holders can apply to perform Umrah during their stopover in Saudi Arabia via the Nusuk App. However, the transit/stopover visa may not be used for Hajj.


  • Can I apply for a transit/stopover visa if I am traveling for a holiday or business meetings? Yes, as long as your stay does not exceed 96 hours.


  • Do I have to pay for accommodation while in Saudi Arabia? A complimentary one-night hotel stay is included with the transit/stopover visa when booking with Saudia Airlines, subject to room availability. If you intend to stay longer than a day, you can book your accommodation online.


  • Can transit/stopover visa holders drive during their 96-hour stay? Yes, transit/stopover visa holders may drive as long as they hold an approved international driver’s license.

  • What should I do on my trip? To make the most of your stopover in Saudi Arabia, consider day trip ideas in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam.


  • What if I need help while I am in Saudi Arabia? Dial 930 to reach a 24-hour tourist helpline or use other helpful contact numbers.


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