Corona Virus – COVID 19
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From 03/02/2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suspends entry for the following nationals:
Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Have you been in any of the countries or areas listed at any time within the 14 days prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia? If so, you are currently not allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia.
VISAS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED!
If you have any questions please contact our Office in: Bern
Currently no tourist visas are issued!
Confirmation of the negative COVID-19 test (must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry).
On arrival, the traveler will be tested again. There is a possibility that a quarantine will be imposed for a few days until the result is available. In case of a positive result, one must go directly into quarantine.
A Business Visit Visa is required to visit a company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for business talks or negotiations, as well as to carry out installations and assembly work.
With this visa the applicant is not granted a work permit or settlement permit for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This visa is for persons who wish to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a longer period of time and who wish to apply for a residence permit (Iqama). The necessary documents should be issued by an employer in Saudi Arabia before applying.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) provides authorisations for (without name) workplaces - electronically and directly in the system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will be provided with names as soon as the request is received by the diplomatic representation.
These will be provided with names as soon as separate copies of the Electronic Power of Attorney (Waqala) are available.
A medical examination is mandatory for this visa category. When the workers arrive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you will receive a special residence permit called' Iqama' (an identity document) from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI).
Since September 2019 it is possible to apply for a tourist eVisa for Saudi Arabia. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this type of visa can also be used for business meetings and conferences. The following nationalities can apply for an eVisa:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Brunei, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Additional documents can be requested for various citizens.
Appointment availability of the embassy:
Within 2 - 5 working days after receipt of your visa application
Duration to obtain visa / passport after your appointment:
2 - 5 working days
Appointments currently only Monday and Thursday