Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an Saudi Arabia Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Visa Validity

    The Saudi Embassy issues visa validity and entries based on the visa support supplied. Completed visas cannot be changed or extended once they have been issued. The Embassy's decision is final and cannot be contested by VisaCentral

  2. Registration Procedure

    The Saudi Arabia Embassy applies a Registration fee of £9.00 for this process.

  3. Medical Insurance

    The Saudi Embassy requires all applications to be submitted with a medical insurance policy from an approved provider. VisaCentral will obtain the medical insurance policy on your behalf when completing the visa registration procedure. Please complete the Saudi Medical Insurance Order Form which can be found within the VisaCentral application pack. The Saudi Arabia Embassy applies a registration fee of £9.00 in addition to the cost of the policy for this process. 

  4. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have two blank facing visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Be machine readable

  5. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visacentral.co.uk/photo-service.php to upload your photo.


    Alternatively, you may provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photograph should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

  6. Business Introduction Letter

    You must provide an original Business Introduction Letter from the applicant's UK employer. Be certain your letter meets the specific requirements of the consulate by using our Digital Business Introduction Letter. Visit http://visacentral.co.uk/bcl-order to get started.

    Alternatively, please use the sample Business Introduction Letter provided at http://cibtvisas.co.uk/forms?formname=Saudi%20Sample%20Template%20Letter.pdf using the exact language and format provided in order to prevent a rejection and possible delays with your visa request. 

    Note that most consulates require the Business Cover Letter to be dated within one month of application submission.

    In addition to the language provided in the sample, your Business Introduction Letter must:
    • Include the company registration number
    • Include the activities of the company
    • Indicate the invitation number or visa number
    • Specify the type of visa requested
    • Specify the duration of trip
    • Have been issued within two weeks before application
    • Be stamped and certified by the British Chamber of Commerce


    VisaCentral can assist with the certification of your business letter from the British Chamber of Commerce. The current processing time for this service is one working day.   

    Please complete the Formal Undertaking Form which can be found here and include with the rest of your documentation when sending to VisaCentral. A fee of £75.50 + VAT applies per order which includes a charge of £40.50 + VAT levied by the Chamber of Commerce. Copies are accepted.

    If the signatory of your business letter is already registered with the London Chamber of Commerce then a copy of the formal undertaking form that was previously submitted must be supplied.

  7. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A copy is acceptable. This must:

    • Indicate a UK company name matching the letterhead of the UK Business Introduction Letter
    • Have been issued within six weeks before the visa application date

  8. Declaration Form

    One original signed Declaration Form. Applicants are requested to print their name and sign and date the English section of this document

  9. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be completed in black ink only
    • Be completed in block capitals only
    • Be completed by the applicant only. Third party handwriting will not be accepted
    • Have no handwritten changes. Correction fluid will not be accepted
    • Be fully completed in the lower section "IMPORTANT:THIS SECTION MUST BE COMPLETED FULLY"

    Applicants who have never had a previous nationality must complete their present nationality in both sections.

  10. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    Provide the VisaCentral Order Form included in this kit.

    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  11. Arrival By Land or Sea

    Visas issued in the UK are valid for entry by air only.  Applicants who intend to enter Saudi Arabia by crossing the King Fahd Causeway are only permitted to do so if they have a valid multiple entry visa that has already been used on arrival by air at least once.

  12. Early Retrieval Of Passports

    Once a visa application is submitted to the Embassy the passport cannot be retrieved or expedited until the process is completed. In an emergency the Embassy may return the passport but the process will be summarily cancelled and the applicant will have to re-submit the complete visa application including the payment. To withdraw the passport the applicant must send a signed withdrawal letter addressed to the Embassy to VisaCentral. The passport will be returned to VisaCentral within 48 hours.

  13. Holders of a Valid Visa

    Applicants are only permitted to hold one valid Saudi visa at any one time. Applicants holding a valid visa can only submit a new application to the Embassy once the existing visa has expired. 

  14. Applicants not born in country of nationality

    Applicants whose nationality differs from their country of birth and who have not held a previous nationality must provide a legalised copy of their birth certificate proving this.

  15. Additional Administrative Processing

    Applicants who would like VisaCentral to assist with the certification of their business letter from the British Chamber of Commerce are advised that the additional processing time of one working day must be added to processing time of their visa to ensure intended departure dates can be met.

  16. Advised Traveller Service (Highly Recommended)

    Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Government Foreign Travel Advice Email Alerts. Registration enables you to receive the most up-to-date travel advice regarding safety, security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health. VisaCentral will register the email address provided in the order. To enroll in this optional service, add this option to your order within the order flow

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an Saudi Arabia Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Personal Application Only

    Only travellers who have booked through an authorised tour operator are eligible for tourist visas. In such cases the tour operator will organise the visa on the travellers behalf.  

    Travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform pilgramage must select "Pilgramage (Umrah)" from the drop down box to determine visa requirements specific to their nationality.

  2. Advised Traveller Service (Highly Recommended)

    Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Government Foreign Travel Advice Email Alerts. Registration enables you to receive the most up-to-date travel advice regarding safety, security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health. VisaCentral will register the email address provided in the order. To enroll in this optional service, add this option to your order within the order flow

Saudi Arabia Visa

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