Saudi Arabian Visas

All visitors require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia, and a passport valid for at least six months at the time of the visa application.

Saudi Arabia visas are only granted to those with sponsorship in the country, and to complicate things even further, visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly.

At One Visa World, we provide a comprehensive and affordable Visa Facilitation and documentation stamping service particularly for Saudi Arabia. One Visa World is an accredited agent appointed by the Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This means your company can take full advantage of the long-standing professional standing we have with the Saudi Arabia Embassy, supported by our high standards of customer service and years of experience enable us to support all of your visa information and processing needs. We will answer any questions you have, supply all visa forms and requirements, provide a free visa pre-check, pickup and deliver your​ passport and application. All the while providing you with status updates on your application’s progress.

Why Choose Us?

We know what our clients go through during the documentation process, and the stress it can cause. This is why we pride ourselves on our understanding and personal commitment to getting successful visa applications and documents approved or verified for our clients.

How do I apply for a Saudi Visa?

The best time to apply for your Saudi Arabia visa is 1-2 months before your travel date.

As Saudi Arabia does not offer eVisas at this stage, you will need to send your actual passport, not a copy of it. The Saudi Arabia visa is stamped on your passport and will become one of your passport pages.

Visa requests cannot be processed without your original passport. Because of the importance of your passport, we arrange to drop off and collect all the necessary forms from your address of choice.

Documents are then compiled and verified before being processed, with biometrics completed on a convenient date and time for your choice.

This service and process allows for quick and efficient visa processing, while simultaneously ensuring a high approval rate.

Visas take up to 7 working days to process with the embassy, after preparation which usually takes about 1-3 working days for all visas except work visas which will take 2-3 weeks to prepare.

What documentation do you need?

Photograph(s):  You must provide at least two colour, passport-type photographs that meets the following strict criteria:

  • be taken within the last three months against an all-white background and printed on high-quality photo paper;
  • be identical;
  • be two inches by two inches;
  • provide the full-frontal view of your head with your face centred in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression.
  • You may not wear eyeglasses or headwear except for religious purposes

Letter of Invitation:  You must provide an official invitation letter by your sponsor, or in the case of a business visa, it needs to be issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Visa Application Form:  You must provide one fully completed copy of the visa application as provided. The application form must:

  • Include answers for all fields
  • Display your full name as it appears in your passport
  • Be signed
  • Include your mobile phone number
  • Include your email address
  • The invitation must be signed and stamped by the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry or your sponsoring organisation

What types of Saudi Visas can you apply for?

Below you will find the range of Saudi Arabian Visas we can assist you with. The first thing that needs to be done when applying for any visa (excluding umrah) is to provide us with your visa invitation letter or visa Block.

Visa block is the document issued by the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Saudi Arabia to state that the applicant’s sponsor (company or family member) has applied for them to enter the country and also stating which visa has been granted to the applicant.

What types of Saudi Visas can you apply for?

Commercial Visa:

A commercial visa will be granted to applicants who intend to visit the kingdom for business and commercial purposes. It can be done in single or multiple entries but only for short periods of time per visit. This is ideal for business partners to meet with one another.

Working Visit:

This will be used by applicants whom are going to work in the kingdom on short stays (not working as residents of Saudi Arabia). This visa will be either in single entry or multiple and tend to allow applicants to stay in the country for a longer period of time as compared to a commercial visa. Most of the time these applicants are employed in South Africa and asked to do work for a partner company in Saudi.

Work Visa:

This visa is for applicants who have gotten employment in Saudi Arabia. This is a tedious process that could take months. With our expedited and convenient services applicants reduce the process significantly in both time and things to do.

What types of Saudi Visas can you apply for?

Residence Visa:
Residency is for those applicants who wish to move to Saudi Arabia to live with their family members i.e. spouse, children. Application for residency visas will have to be sponsored for by the respective family member who is already a resident in Saudi Arabia.

Family Visit:
For family members of residents in Saudi Arabia to go and visit.

Umrah Visas:
Umrah visas are used for travellers wanting to visit the holy cities in Saudi Arabia.

Why use One Visa World?

At One Visa World, we understand the dire implications of lost time when it comes to obtaining visas to travel overseas. This is often due to a communication breakdown, not having the appropriate forms and requirements on hand, incorrect visa fees, and insufficient time to obtain the visa – just to name a few.

We are able to assist you through the entire process, from start to finish as we especially specialise in work visas for immigration to Saudi.

We’ll assist in gathering, preparing as well as processing your documents and this includes police clearances, medicals and attestations. We have two offices – one which is situated in Cape Town and the other is situated in Johannesburg – and both these offices are able to process your biometrics at your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about UAE Visas

All female applicants (even for a business visa) require a Letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as opposed to the Saudi Chamber of commerce. There are some exceptions to the rule above, however not often. Besides the LOI coming from the MOFA, all other requirements are the same.

Only American passport holders can obtain a 5-year visa. For SA passport holders, the maximum validity is 2 years.

The outcome of your visa application will be at the discretion of the embassy, and no one can guarantee it will be issued. However as long as you fulfil the criteria and provide the relevant documents, most visas are issued. We offer an in depth pre-check and a checklist to follow which will eradicate 95% of all possible errors and delays as it tackles the main problem areas, which will ensure your visa is not rejected due to human or clerical issues.

You will require a work visa. The process of obtaining a work visa can take up to a couple of months and there is a long list of requirements.

Holding a criminal record could only affect work and residency visas, depending on the specifics. In your business visa application, you will not be asked to provide information in regard to your criminal record.

You can apply for a visa a maximum of 58 days before you travel, and a minimum of 7 working days before you travel. One Visa world and VFS Tasheel recommend you apply for your visa well in advance of travel.

No, the Embassy strongly advises not to book flights before obtaining the visa. If you do need to book flights, given that there is always a minor chance of rejection we always advise to at least book flexible flights.

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