There are no tourist visas issued except for approved tour groups. No travel restrictions exist within Saudi Arabia, except for the holy cities of Makkah and Medina that are forbidden to non-Muslims.

It is essential to have a valid passport for at least six months and a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. This must be obtained prior to leaving Australia, it is almost impossible to get one once you have started travelling, even from Embassies in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries. If your passport has an Israeli stamp, you will be denied entry.

All visitors have to be sponsored and the visa process is lengthy and usually takes several months to process. Visas are issued for:

  • business and work purposes
  • visiting close relatives
  • transit and religious visits.

Immigration in Saudi Arabia can be a lengthy process and thorough searches of luggage are conducted.

For further information please contact your nearest Saudi Embassy or Consulate prior to arrival.