In a major move, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will offer 'within three minutes' the e-visas to visitors who buy tickets online for the 41-day 'Sea and Culture' festival being held in Jeddah.
The e-visas can be obtained by applying online via through the Sharek e-visa website. The online application method is linked to ticket purchases for Jeddah Season 2019 events.
Once visitors buy a ticket, they can get an instant e-visa simply by logging in on the Sharek e-visa website and following the step-by-step instructions.
The new scheme is aimed at boosting travel within and to the kingdom as it opens up to tourism.
“Making it quick and easy to obtain an entry visa will encourage more tourists to discover the beauty of Jeddah, known affectionately as the 'Bride of the Red Sea'," said Engineer Raed Abuzinada, general supervisor of the Jeddah Season.
“The introduction of the e-visa system will have a positive impact on the travel and tourism sector, which is a key driver of the nation’s economy and remains a vital component of the economic diversification that is a fundamental aim of Vision 2030,” he said.
Jeddah Season offers visitors a dazzling choice of more than 150 events and activities celebrating music, arts, culture and sports. Taking place from June 8 till July 18, the inaugural edition of the festival aims to position Jeddah as the capital of tourism and entertainment in Saudi Arabia. - TradeArabia News Service
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