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Updated December 2023
In a move poised to revolutionise the ease of travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has unveiled a platform known as ‘KSA Visa’. Marking a departure from the fragmented visa landscape, this unified online portal streamlines the process for visitors intending to travel to Saudi Arabia.
The portal will provide information about all types of visas, including those for Hajj and Umrah, making it the ideal choice for travellers of all types, including religious pilgrimage, leisure pursuits, or business ventures.
In this article, Wego helps you understand the details of the new KSA Visa unified platform.
What is the KSA Visa platform?
Saudi Arabia has taken a major step towards boosting tourism by launching a unified visa platform called “KSA Visa.” This innovative platform promises a simpler and more efficient experience for travellers seeking to visit the Kingdom.
The platform serves as an intelligent search engine, delivering rapid information on existing visas. It offers a comprehensive resource for comprehending visa prerequisites and the steps involved in the application process.
KSA Visa centralizes the entire process of visa application, acting as a single point of contact for all visa requirements.
KSA Visa launch
The KSA Visa Platform was launched at the second edition of the Digital Government Forum on 19 December 2023, following the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Under the guidance of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and supervised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, the inauguration was carried out by Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri, the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Executive Affairs.
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KSA Visa website
As unveiled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the website for the KSA Visa can be accessed at https://ksavisa.sa/. The website provides a seamless search option for the type of visa required based on the purpose of their travel.
The outlined travel purpose categories on the website are visit, transit, work, Hajj and others. These categories are broad enough to encapsulate all the different visas available for entering the Kingdom.
Furthermore, according to the KSA Visa website, the Saudi government worked with 65 countries to realize the process of visa digitization. Owing to their efforts, the time required for an e-visa issuance is as low as 60 seconds.
The website also states various FAQs for your convenience, and if there are further questions, details about contacting the KSA Visa authorities are on the Contact Us webpage.
KSA Visa features
Some of the features of the new KSA Visa platform are:
Enhanced convenience and transparency
The platform offers a user-friendly interface that guides applicants through the visa application process step-by-step. It provides comprehensive information on various visa types, eligibility criteria, and required documentation.
The platform provides an updated personal file for visitors, enabling easier visa applications and re-applications. Additionally, KSA Visa streamlines the payment process, eliminating the need for manual transactions and delays.
Enhanced support for government agencies
The platform is connected to over 30 government agencies, ministries, and the private sector. It will empower over 50 government agencies and private sector companies by automating visa issuance procedures and improving visitor experience.
Boosting tourism and investment
The launch of KSA Visa aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the economy and attract foreign investment. By simplifying the visa process, the Kingdom expects to witness a surge in tourist arrivals, creating new job opportunities and contributing to economic growth.
Moreover, KSA Visa is expected to attract foreign investors by facilitating business travel and fostering a more open and welcoming environment.
Shaping the future of visa applications in Saudi Arabia
KSA Visa represents a significant leap forward in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to modernize its visa issuance process. The platform’s focus on convenience, transparency, and efficiency is sure to make the Kingdom a more attractive destination for travellers and investors alike.
Moreover, advancements to the platform involve the incorporation of artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technologies. These enhancements are designed to verify data accuracy and enhance the overall efficiency of the platform, aligning it with its role in supporting the advancement of the kingdom’s plans.
As Saudi Arabia continues to develop its tourism and business sectors, KSA Visa is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Kingdom’s visa landscape.
KSA Visa status check
Applicants who have applied for a visa through the KSA Visa portal can track the status of their application through the website.
Here are the steps required to check your application status:
- visit the KSA Visa website
- click on “Track Application” at the top of the page
- enter your Application/Visa Number.
- enter your ID Number. This can be either an applicant/invitee (passport number), inviter(Saudi national ID, iqama ID, or a commercial registration number)
- click on “Track My Application”, and the application status will be shown.
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