Saudi Arabia neglects Pakistanis in new visa policy

Saudi Arabia neglects Pakistanis in new visa policy

ISLAMABAD – The Saudi Arabia government has announced to soften its visa policy for India, and rest of the world, continuing the same old plan for Pakistan.

Providing relaxation in the visa for the citizens of European and other countries including India, the Saudi government reduced 90-day visit visa fee from 2,000 Riyal to 305 Riyal. Likewise, the fee has also reduced to 180 and 360 days visa.

However, Pakistanis tourists who pay Rs0.1 million to Rs0.4 million for Saudi visa would not be able to avail this opportunity as the policy remains the same.

Last year, the Saudi government had decided to promote Hajj, Umrah, business and culture activities. The Arab country’s government also plans to build more visiting places across the kingdom.

According to the estimated figure, the Saudi government would spend 35 billion pounds on tourism till 2020. By 2030, around 30 million tourists are expected to visit Saudi Arabia annually.

Middle East