Riyadh plans to grant visa-free access to visitors from some countries

-A Monitor Report16 Mar, 2019 | 260 Views|-+
Riyadh : Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to grant visa-free access to its non-religious tourism sites to visitors from select nations.

The plan, currently in its early stages, is expected to be finalised in the coming months and rolled out by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed officials as saying.

The kingdom could grant visa-free access or visas on arrival to visitors from the United States, Europe, Japan and China, the report stated.

The initiative is part of the kingdom's efforts to diversify its economy under its Vision 2030 strategy, created by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Under the strategy, the total tourism spend in the country- by local citizens as well as foreigners - is hoped to increase to US$46.6 billion in 2020.

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