Singapore to Waive Visa Requirement for Saudi Nationals Starting June 01

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The Embassy of Singapore in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently announced that starting from June 01, 2023 (inclusive), Saudi nationals holding passports issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will no longer need to apply for an entry visa to enter Singapore.

Notably, prior to this change, all Saudi nationals except those with diplomatic passports were required to apply for an entry visa if they intended to visit Singapore.

This move aims to facilitate travel and enhance the relationship between the two countries.

“The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has issued the following statement: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SAUDI NATIONALS: Saudi nationals with passports issued by the KSA will no longer need to apply for an entry visa to enter Singapore from 1 June 2023 (inclusive),” said Singapore Embassy in a Tweet.

Exempted Categories

As per the announcement, the exemption applies to all types of visits, including tourism, business, and transit. Saudi nationals will be allowed to stay in Singapore for up to 30 days without a visa.

However, it is important to note that Saudi nationals who are holders of diplomatic passports are already exempted from Singapore visa requirements and will not be affected by this change.

The Singapore Embassy also stated that other than holders of Saudi diplomatic passports, who are already exempted from Singapore visa requirements, all other Saudi nationals need to apply for an entry visa if they intend to enter Singapore before 1 June 2023.

No Refunds for Singapore Entry Visa Applicants

The Embassy continues to state that there will be no refund of the visa processing fee for those who have already applied for an entry visa or received the outcome of their application. All Saudi nationals should be aware of this policy, according to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Saudi embassy in Singapore has expressed appreciation for the new policy, which it hopes will lead to increased travel and closer ties between the two countries.

Overall, the waiver of entry visa requirements for Saudi nationals is a positive step towards strengthening Singapore-Saudi Arabia relations. It is anticipated that it will encourage more Saudi nationals to visit Singapore for business and tourism purposes.

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