For those coming from other GCC countries such as Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait, it is sufficient to have a valid resident permit and work visa in that country. They will be able to enter Saudi Arabia without a visa.
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The draft law for the new scheme is ready. An official announcement will be made in a few days. Not only nationals but also expatriates from Gulf countries may be allowed to enter other countries from Saudi Arabia without a visa. Permission may also be granted to perform Umrah. But Hajj is unlikely to get permission.
But there are reports that those in certain visa categories are exempt. Domestic workers and construction workers who come to work in the country are less likely to get a travel permit. But reports from People say that’s just what’s happening.
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Ahmed al-Khatib, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, announced in a televised address that he would soon introduce a special visa system for visiting GCC countries. In 2019, Saudi Arabia announced several tourism visas. All of those visas still exist. The Saudi tourism minister had said that no special law had been introduced for tourists.