Nationals of 33 countries do not need to apply for visas prior to entering the Gulf countries – a process spearheaded by the UAE, that was later implemented by others.
Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, said his government is pushing to liberalise tourism visas. “Soon, we will announce new visa packages for travellers to the kingdom,” he said.
However, a Schengen-type common GCC visa could help the region’s inbound tourism to grow faster, they say.
Dubai last year introduced a common GCC visa for cruise tourists only. Experts hope this will be replicated for other tourism sectors as well.
May 8, 2013