Yes - A visa is required for travel to Saudi Arabia

Sunday, February 07, 2016

A valid passport and business visa are required for travel to Saudi Arabia.

Send these documents to Travisa


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Saudi Arabia, with at least two adjacent, blank passport pages available for Saudi visa stamp and Saudi entry stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for a Saudi Arabia visa.

Houston: one photocopy of the passport information page is required.

Washington DC: If applying for this visa with a passport issued after January 1st, 2012, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia requires a letter from the applicant stating whether the traveler had a Saudi Arabian visa in their previous passport. If so, provide the dates of validity and number of entries for the most recent Saudi Arabian visa held and state whether that visa has been used for entry to Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabian Visa Application Form:

One original Saudi visa application form, properly completed and signed, plus one copy.

Houston: Handwritten applications are not accepted.

Automated visa application form prepared by our system after you place your visa order on the Global Service Order Form.


Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

New York: Two photos are required.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.


Other Forms:

Houston: a Letter of Authorization is required.

New York: the Saudi Arabia Visa Application Good Conduct Form is required.


Official Invitation from Saudi Arabia:

Document certified by both the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The invitation should include inviting company's location and type of business. In addition, it must clearly state the applicant's name, nationality, position, length of visa, purpose of travel, and number of entries requested. The registration number of the host company will be printed on the invitation. No Chamber of Commerce certification is needed for invitations issued by a government company such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Ma'aden, or the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

Travisa is able to obtain an official business or commercial invitation for you. To apply online for this service, please fill out our Online Saudi Invitation Request Form. You will receive a confirmation of your request and the invitation needed to support your Saudi Arabian visa application by email.

Learn more about Saudi Arabia Visa Invitations.


Business Letter

Letter from employer or sponsoring company in the US, on company letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant's employment status/position held in the company, and clearly stating the purpose of visit to Saudi Arabia. The business letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant and must provide detailed contact information in Saudi Arabia.
New York: This letter must be notarized.

To generate a Saudi Arabian Business Cover Letter on-line, fill out this Business Letter Form and print the completed letter on your company letterhead.


Proof Of Departure:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.


Other Requirements:

To apply in New York: The enjaz registration will be processed as part of the application process. In all other locations, enjaz registration must be completed before the application can be submitted.

To apply in Houston, Los Angeles, or Washington DC, Travisa can process this Registration. If you would like Travisa to process the on-line enjaz registration for you, submit this Enjaz Request Form. You will receive confirmation and the final Enjaz approval notification by e-mail. Simply print and include the confirmation pages you receive from our office to include with your application forms.

Click here for detailed instructions for how to complete this required on-line registration yourself.
Washington DC, Houston, Los Angeles: The party that creates the enjaz registration must process the payment. A third party cannot process the payment. However, a third party is able to submit the application if the party responsible for creating the enjaz processes the visa payment.

After completing the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Enjaz Registration Form it is important to print a copy of the registration and payment confirmation pages to include with your application.

Houston and Los Angeles: The US company's business license is required.


Special Instructions:

Approval for this visa will be submitted directly from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a particular Consulate in the United States. The visa application must be processed in the location where the approval is registered.


Global Service Order Form:

This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.

Click here for Saudi Arabia Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times

Saudi Arabia Visa Validity:

Saudi visa validity is dependent on the the letter of invitation from Saudi Arabia provided with the visa application.

Saudi Arabian Visa Processing Time:

A Saudi visa is usually processed in 4 to 7 business days after all materials, including signed enjaz forms, have been received by our company.

Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.

Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

How to Apply for a Visa to Saudi Arabia

  • Review instructions based on the purpose of journey to Saudi Arabia
  • Complete, print and sign all visa application forms, including Travisa's Global Service Order Form.
  • Send all of the visa application requirements listed above to Travisa.

Saudi Arabia Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):

Send documents to:
Travisa - Houston
2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 1430
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-3500

Send documents to:
Travisa - Los Angeles
6222 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: (323) 932-7300

Send documents to:
Travisa - New York
290 5th Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 613-2223

Send documents to:
Travisa - Washington, DC
1731 21st. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166