Jeddah: Saudi Airlines will soon start the service of providing tourist visa for free when buying a ticket. This was informed by the spokesperson of the airlines, Abdullah Al Shahrani. The service of issuing tourist visas without a fee upon purchase of tickets will start in a few days. The name of the project is ‘Your ticket is a visa’. This visa allows you to spend 96 hours (four days) in Saudi Arabia. Travelers can travel to different parts of the country and perform Umrah within this time.
The new service will be for those coming to the country for tourism purposes and Umrah. In the new ticketing system of Saudi Airlines, passengers will have the facility to apply for a visa along with ticket booking. The system will also ask if a visa is required while buying the ticket. If the answer is that visa is required, the procedure can be completed within three minutes through that system. The spokesperson also said that it is not necessary to go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get a visa, as is the practice in some countries.
The new ticketing program will create huge demand for international flights to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Airlines has expressed readiness for the current year plan to increase the demand for international flights by 40 percent. The service will start to new destinations. The spokesperson said that they will be announced soon. He said that the continuous demand of Muslims who want to perform Umrah has prompted them to start such a visa system by linking it with tickets.
Under the scheme ‘Your ticket is a visa’, those who get a visa can disembark not only at Jeddah airport, but at all international airports in the country. You can also return from the convenient airport after completing the visit.