Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry has declared that visa stickers will be replaced with electronic visas in seven nations.
According to the ministry, the new endeavor to use e-visas with QR codes began on May 1 in the Kingdom’s missions in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
The changes are part of the ministry’s continuous attempts to “automate procedures and improve the quality of consular services provided,” as well as “develop the mechanism for issuing work, residency, and visit visas.”
Saudi Arabia has recently revamped immigration procedures and relaxed visa regulations in order to attract more tourists and foreign enterprises.
It also comes as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members discuss the possibility of a united regional Schengen-style visa.