Yes - A visa is required for travel to Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A valid passport and visa are required to work in 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 Arabia Visa Application Form:

One original, typed Saudi Arabia visa application form.
The Consulate of Saudi Arabia requires a visa application be completed according to strict guidelines. Make sure your documentation is accurately prepared by making use of Document Preparation Service. After placing your order, you will receive an Application Kit which includes an optional form where you can provide simple answers. If you choose this service a Specialist will work with you to ensure the required documents are prepared according to government and consular requirements. Once your application form is complete, we will return it to you via a secure and encrypted email for your signature, keeping your personal information safe.

Washington, DC: You must include your mobile phone number and email address on the application.


Photo Requirements:

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

Washington, DC:

You must provide one color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

  • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Be taken against an all white background
  • Be two inches by two inches
  • 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 eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
  • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

OR - you can upload a photo when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.


Letter of Authorization:

Houston: Signed Letter of Authorization.


Other Forms:

New York: Signed Good Conduct Form.


Enjaz Registration:

An online registration with the Saudi Arabian government must be completed in addition to your visa application form. Travisa will complete this registration on your behalf once we receive your application form and supporting documents; we cannot file applications with Enjaz Registration provided by applicants. This requires an additional service fee and one business day for processing. Please sign and date the Enjaz Registration Release Form, which will be sent to you with your Visa Application Kit once you submit your order. The Enjaz Registration Release Form mentions an iris scan and fingerprint submission process; this is handled upon entry into Saudi Arabia and are not part of your visa application.


Official Invitation:

Original and one copy of letter from the sponsoring company, certified by the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with the seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This letter must indicate the block visa number and date, as well as the position and name of the applicant. The letter must include the number and date of the visa approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its branches in Jeddah or Dammam.


Certificate of Incorporation:

New York and Washington, DC: You must provide a copy of the business registration of the Saudi company inviting or sponsoring your trip.  The copy must have a stamp of approval issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Business Cover Letter:

New York: You are required to provide a notarized original Business Cover Letter from your U.S.-based company. All letters must be printed on company letterhead that displays a U.S. mailing address. Use the included sample Business Cover Letter to complete your letter. In addition to the language provided in the sample, your Business Cover Letter must:

  • Include the name, address, and phone number of the company located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Include your position, which must match the position referred to in the invitation letter
  • State the Civil Registration Number of the company in Saudi Arabia
  • Display the official company seal


Academic Qualifications:

Original and one copy of College or University Degree, together with official transcripts notarized and sealed by the registrar's office, and including the social security number of the applicant. (When being shipped directly from the University applicant name must be placed on the outside of sealed envelope). The degree must correspond to the field of employment.
- OR -
Original and one copy of Technical Training Certificates, notarized and authenticated by your State Secretary.

A Letter of Authorization for the authentication of documents must be provided.

If the applicant has worked in Saudi Arabia before and previous employment ended within the last three years, a release letter from the previous employer is required.


Proof of Travel Arrangements:

Computer generated flight itinerary from an airline or travel agency.

New York: You must provide a copy of your itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry/exit dates for your destination. The provided copy must show your full name as it appears in your passport.


Criminal Record:

The Saudi Consulate requires a background check report in order to process your application. Travisa will complete this registration on your behalf once we receive your application form and supporting documents. You must sign and complete the Background Check Authorization Form included in your Visa Application Kit, which you will receive once you have placed your order. The background check must be used within 30 days of issuance. A $60.00 service fee applies.


Medical Requirements:

Three Medical Report forms with three attached photographs and three copies of lab results. A licensed physician must sign each form and certify that the applicant is free of any contagious disease including Hepatitis A, B, or C. The license number and address of the physician should appear on each copy along with a stamp from the medical facility or seal from the Department of Health. Medical reports must be used within three (3) months from the date of issuance. Children under the age of sixteen do not need a medical report.

Los Angeles: Three copies of your medical report are required. The medical report must be issued by a licensed physician who must sign each copy and must certify that the applicant is free of any contagious disease, including tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C. It must contain an original, ink signature and the clinic or hospital stamp next to the signature. The license number and address of the physician should appear on each copy. Medical reports should be used within three months from the date of issuance. Children under the age of sixteen do not need a medical report.

New York: If you are Muslim and traveling to Jeddah or Medina airport, you must provide a vaccination card showing proof of Meningitis vaccine.


Employment Contract:

The original and one copy of the employment contract signed by both the sponsor and the applicant. The position mentioned in the contract should match the position mentioned in the block visa reference, and should be supported by the academic degree and major of the applicant.

Houston: The Employment Contract must be legalized by the Saudi Arabisa Foreign Ministry prior to submission.


Special Instructions:

Applicants must be physically present in the United States to apply for a Saudi Arabian Work Visa, and must be able to prove this to the satisfaction of the Saudi Consulate. If the applicant has ever been in Saudi Arabia the Exit Letter must be attached inside the passport. If the passport has no previous Saudi Arabian visa and Exit Letter, the Consulate may require additional documentation such as a notarized letter attesting the applicant is in the US, or in some cases may require a personal interview.

Note: All required Saudi documents the traveler’s name appears on, MUST match the passport exactly.

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

Visa Validity:

Saudi visa validity is dependent on the the letter of invitation from Saudi Arabia provided with the visa application and is at the discretion of the Saudi Arabian Consulate.

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.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

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. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.

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 the requirements to apply for your visa
  • Gather your documents and complete the forms
  • Ship your documents to our office

Where to Apply for Your Saudi Arabian Visa

Travisa - Houston
2 Greenway Plaza Suite 200
Houston, TX 77046
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - Los Angeles
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 570
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - New York
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 106-107 Lobby
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 877-876-3266

Travisa - Washington, DC
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 877-876-3266