How to Get a Transit Visa for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Transit Visa

Saudi Arabia Transit Visa

As I said on my tourist visa for Saudi Arabia page, getting a transit visa for Saudi Arabia is the single easiest way to get into the country. This visa will allow you to stay in Saudi Arabia for up to 72 hours (and leave the airport) provided you have an onward ticket to another country. It won’t allow you much time to travel around Saudi Arabia, but for you country-counters out there, you can add another country to your bucket list.

Processing time for this type of visa should be about 7 days, depending on how busy the embassy or consulate is when you apply.

Go to my Saudi Arabia visa page for information on other types of visas for Saudi Arabia.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Saudi Arabia Transit Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Saudi Arabia: Yes

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Saudi Arabia:  Visas are required for everyone except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC): Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

Find your closest consulate

If you’re inside the U.S., there is the Embassy in Washington D.C. and three Consulates (Houston, New York, and Los Angeles).

Select your Consulate based on the State you live in.

The quick address information for all of the U.S.-based Saudi Arabia embassies and consulates is at the bottom of the page here.

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave, N.W., 
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 342-3800

If you’re outside of the U.S.: Click here.

Gather documentation

The two best list of required documents and detailed steps on getting the Saudi Transit Visa are here at Travel Visa Pro and here at UpGRD.

Visa fee

Check your consulate for the latest visa fee.

Submit materials

Submit your required materials from Step 2 to the Embassy or Consulate you found in Step 1.

  • Go to your consulate or embassy website for mailing/submission instructions.
Receive your visa

Congratulations!  You’ve got your Saudi Arabia visa!

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