The struggle has finally paid off. A vision Saudi Arabia saw 12 years ago in 2006 will finally be a reality. Saudi Arabia announced that it will start issuing a tourist visa to non-muslims April 1, 2018, onward. Earlier, the Arab country only allowed non-muslim foreigners to enter on a business visa or for personal reasons, like visiting family working there.
Andrea Ross, director of Wild Frontier, is very excited about it and will be taking her first Saudi Arabia trip in November 2018. Wild Frontier is known for taking tours to adventurous places like Pakistan, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Ross was more than happy to give a brief itinerary of the Saudi Arabia tour, which will start by visiting the Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh. Then, the tour will proceed to Red Sea town of Jidda, Riyadh, and Sarawat Mountains. It would be great to visit Sarawat Mountains because it lies on Yemen – Saudi Arabia border, which has red brick homes. Yemen is now closed for tourists purposes, so tourists will also get a chance to visit there.
Rules to remember
To be able to visit Saudi Arabia, you must travel in a group of four. A group of women can travel alone only if all of them are more than 25 years of age. Women will still require wearing headscarves. Even though it isn’t mentioned, it is part of Saudi Arabia’s culture and one must embrace it and should prefer traveling in large groups. However, people entering Saudi Arabia on travel visa won’t be to visit Mecca and Medina. Even will all security imposed by Saudi Arabia, US Department of State has categorized the country as Level 2 travel advisory as terrorists still plot attacks there.
Mohammad Bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is the great man behind all this. Mohammad Bin Salman played a crucial role in lifting so many restrictions which put on women in the last year including women to drive.