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Saudi Arabia launches e-Visa service for Cruise Tourists-MOFA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches Saudi e-Visa service for Cruise Tourists.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Saudi Arabia has launched an “Electronic Visa” (e-visa) service for cruise tourists.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the e-visa will be issued to visitors arriving in Saudi Arabia via cruise trips. The beneficiaries can apply online for it through the Ministry’s electronic platform.

An application for an e-visa must include proof of a cruise ticket purchase. Applications will be processed and issued through a ministry platform using the ministry’s digital embassy.

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Tourism plays an important role in the Kingdom as Vision 2030 plan for financial diversification. Due to which, Saudi authorities plan to make investments up to $200 billion bucks and to welcome In Kingdom 100 million traffic by 2030.

Saudi Vision 2030 goals to make bigger the tourism sector’s contribution to gross domestic product to 10%. Part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy involves job creation and the construction of additional tourism companies, which include hotels.

Last month, Medina based University of Prince Mugrin signed an settlement with Saudi Cruise, an affiliate of the Public Investment Fund, to train national cadres in the tourism field.

Saudi Arabia will offer professional programs in a range of tourism specializations to younger residents as part of the agreement.

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With the purpose to strengthen the abilities of the local workforce in the cruise industry, tourism and hospitality sectors. Cruise Saudi targets to create 50,000 direct and indirect jobs with the aid of the year 2035.

In addition, Saudi Airlines signed a deal last November with MSC Cruises and Cruise Saudi to provide 20,000 seats on its flights from Europe and North America to Jeddah.

Military team of workers and civil servants are working round the clock at Jeddah’s Red Sea Operations Center to supply tourist cruiser with entry licenses.

The multi-agency center help foreign cruiser owners and local retailers in both Arabic and English, allowing them to enter Saudi waters.

This comes in line with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) plan to improve tourism through machine activities, Cmdr. Hasan Al-Asmari, the manager of the center.

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