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Saudia Begins Stopover Visa Programme for Passengers Flying from Europe

Saudia – the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – is offering a stopover visa programme for passengers flying from Europe.

In co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudia has made it possible for passengers to obtain a stopover visa immediately during the booking process.

The move aims to improve the online booking process and experience for guests, but also to bolster tourism to Saudi Arabia, as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme, which targets 150 million annual visits to the country by 2030.

Passengers with stopover visas can stay for up to 96 hours in Saudi Arabia, before travelling on to Asia and North America and other long haul destinations. Within this window, guests can see sacred sites and visit top tourist destinations such as the nation’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites – from the stunning desert landscape of AlUla, bustling Historic Jeddah and the lush greenery of the Al-Ahsa Oasis. Saudia’s streamlined process allows passengers to pay for their ticket and visa in one step on the Saudia website.

Arved Muhlen, Chief Commercial Officer, Saudia said: “We are very proud to be bringing the world to Saudi Arabia with our stopover visa initiative. The seamless digital journey for our guests embodies the hospitality that defines flying with Saudia.

Providing regular, reliable and ever-expanding flights to Saudi Arabia from Europe on our young fleet, where guests enjoy a range of excellent onboard facilities and unsurpassed service, is a great honour. We look forward to continuing to welcome more passengers onboard, to experience Saudi.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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