The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that visitors holding the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Hayya Card can get free multiple-entry tourist visas to visit Saudi Arabia. This will be an excellent opportunity for World Cup visitors to discover Arabia’s rich heritage, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes.
This article will explain the requirements, visa validity, visa fees and the step-by-step process to get a Saudi Arabia Visa with Hayya Card.
- Recent Updates
- What is Hayya Card
- Why Should You Visit Saudi Arabia?
- Who Can Get Saudi Arabia Visa With Hayya Card?
- Hayya Card Saudi Visa Validity
- Hayya Card Saudi Visa Cost
- How To Apply for Saudi Arabia Visa With Hayya Card
- How Can I Travel Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia?
- Saudi Visa Helpline
- Frequently Asked Questions
15 DEC 2022: Visa validity has been extended to 25 December 2022.
As per the original announcement, the visa platform was showing validity until 18 December 2022 only. Now it has been changed to 25 December 2022 on the platform. This means new applicants can enter until 25 December 2022. However, the duration of stay is until 10 January 2023 only (no change).
24 NOV 2022: Only the passport needs to be uploaded during the application
The Saudi Visa Platform has now removed the option to upload Hayya Card. As per the reports, the applicant’s passport number will be automatically matched with the Hayya database.
Qatar residents who applied for Hayya Card using Qatar ID numbers are now receiving the error: “An active Hayya card is required to issue this type of visa”. If you are a Qatar resident, you may still apply using the regular Saudi visa for GCC Residents.
If you applied for Hayya Card using a passport number, you can continue to follow the below steps.
18 OCT 2022: Saudi Visa Platform is now open for Hayya Cardholders
Approved Hayya Card holders can now start submitting applications for Saudi multi-entry visas. Please check the application procedure explained below.
14 OCT 2022: Muslim visitors with Hayya Cards can perform Umrah
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ekhbariya News Channel has announced that Muslims with World Cup Qatar Hayya cards can perform Umrah and visit Madinah with a free Saudi visa from November 11 to December 18, 2022.
11 OCT 2022: Cabinet approves State to bear entry visa e-services costs
The Saudi Cabinet approved the State to incur the costs of e-services for issuing entry visas to Saudi Arabia for holders of the Hayya Card.
What is Hayya Card
The Hayya Card is a mandatory Fan ID for all those attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Hayya Card is required for all local and international World Cup attendees and provides entry into Qatar and the stadiums.
The card can be applied online by providing the match ticket number, personal details, passport copy and passport-size photograph. Check our detailed guide for more details on the requirements and how to apply for Hayya Card.
Why Should You Visit Saudi Arabia?
A historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia has a rich heritage and traditions. The country has recently undergone a wave of cultural change, assimilating century-old customs into the contemporary world.
Saudi Arabia has six UNESCO World Heritage sites and more than 10,000 archaeological sites. Rijal Almaa, located in the Asir region, was recognized by UNWTO as the ‘best tourism village’ in 2021.
Saudi Arabia will host various entertainment events during the World Cup, including MDLBeast, Red Sea Film Festival, Riyadh Season, and Winter at Tantoura in AlUla. World Cup attendees can easily visit Saudi Arabia while attending the tournament since it is just a short hop away.
Who Can Get Saudi Arabia Visa With Hayya Card?
As per the current announcements, anyone with an approved Hayya Card can apply for a free Saudi tourist visa.
Hayya Card Saudi Visa Validity
The multi-entry visa allows Hayya Card holders to stay in Saudi for up to 60 days (if entering on 11 November). You can use the visa to enter until 25 December 2022 (latest update). The last date for staying in the country will be 10 January 2023.
Hayya Card Saudi Visa Cost
The visa is issued free, but medical insurance must be obtained from the visa platform.
How To Apply for Saudi Arabia Visa With Hayya Card
The visa application process will be entirely online on Saudi Government’s Unified National Visa Platform.
Step 1: Go to the Saudi Visa Platform Website
The link is https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/
If you see the Arabic page, click on the “E” icon (blue circle) on the top left to change to English.
Step 2: Click on “Services for Hayya Card Holders”
You can find this at the bottom left of the website.
Step 3: Click on the “Apply” button
Step 4: Log in or Register to the platform
If this is your first time, click the “Register” link. You can register using your email address. You will receive an email for activation. You can log in using your email and password if you have registered.
Step 5: Click “Agree” to the terms and conditions
You may need to do this twice.
Step 6: Fill up the application details and upload a photo
The photo must have a white background and be with uniform lighting.
Personal Information includes Name, Nationality, Passport Number, Passport Type, Passport issue Country, Date of Issue, Date of Expiry, Place of Birth, Date of Birth, Marital Status, Gender, Occupation and KSA Home Address.
You must also give travel details like Port of Entry and Expected Entry Date To KSA.
Step 7: Upload a copy of your passport
The file can be in JPG or PNG format, with a maximum size of 1 MB. Once all details are entered, click “Save.”
Step 8: Purchase medical insurance
You may be required to purchase medical insurance from the visa platform. The insurance amount will be USD 24.
On this page, you must enter Medical Insurance information, including Entry Date, Address, Mobile Number and some basic health questions.
Step 9: You will receive updates in your email
Your visa application will be reviewed, and status updates will be sent to you by email.
How Can I Travel Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia?
Saudia will provide shuttle flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to Doha 40 times daily, increasing to 60 on Saudi team match days. From Riyadh, you can reach Doha in 90 minutes by air.
Salwa Border Crossing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar will also be open to land travel, and the new port will be able to handle more than 24,000 cars daily.
Those who are staying for less than 24 hours in Qatar are exempted from booking accommodation and can instead opt for a match-day visit during Hayya Application.
Saudi Visa Helpline
For technical support in case of any error, please call +966 920011114.
You can also contact using email [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I re-enter Saudi Arabia using the same visa?
Yes, the visa will be multi-entry, which means visitors can enter and exit Saudi Arabia at any time during its validity period.
Are there any Covid restrictions for travellers?
No, Saudi has now lifted all travel Covid restrictions for international travellers.
Should I enter Qatar before coming to Saudi Arabia?
No, according to the Saudi Tourism website, pre-entry to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 hosting country is not required. This means Saudi Arabia can be your first country of entry, and you can go to Qatar later.
- Saudi Visa For Qatar Residents: How To Apply
- How To Change Hayya Card Application Details
- How To Apply for Hayya Card
- How To Get Physical Hayya Card
- How To Validate Hayya Card Pending Accommodation
- How To Bring Family To Qatar Using Hayya Card
- Hayya With Me (1+3 option) To Bring Non-Ticket Holders
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References: Saudi Tourism Authority
200 thoughts on “How To Get Free Saudi Arabia Visa With Hayya Card”
please share process to get saudi multiple entry visa for hayya card holder 2023
Hi Amjad, Currently Saudi is not issuing special visa for Hayya holders. This was only valid during World Cup. Currently you have to apply normal tourist visa through online or through any agent.
accually update in your web for saudi multiple entry visa 1/03/2023.base on hayya card holder.
I had applied for the Tourism Visa from Qatar using same email ID, my Wife and Son’s Visa was issued instantly but mine is pending “Send to Embassy”. There is no proper response from Saudi embassy or any support team. Is there anything we can do to expedite the process ?
Hi Zakir, This has happened to many applicants. It means your application will be manually reviewed, while your family’s application was approved by the system. You will get a response in a few days.
Hi I applied for hayya using my QID. It is now showing an error message. What is the process for me to obtain free visa to saudi?
Hi Mazahil, The Saudi visa with the Hayya option is unavailable for Qatar residents. Only international fans who applied with a passport can apply for this.
Thanks for the latest updates for entering suadi arabia till 25th December… Pls explain…if need any correction or updation for the existing saudi visa
Hi Binshad, If you have an approved visa, you don’t have to do anything.
I was planning to travel to Saudi Arabia on December 21st considering my Hayyah Card is valid until December 23rd for last entry. However, the article mentioned that the last entry date to Saudi Arabia is December 18th.
Please confirm my understanding that it is not possible to travel on the 21st of December.
(Edited Reply) Hi Ahmed, As per the original announcement, the visa platform was showing validity until 18 December 2022 only. Now it has been changed to 25 December 2022 on the platform. This means new applicants can enter until 25 December 2022. However, the duration of stay is until 10 January 2023 only (no change).
i applied for the visa today and received an email conformation with the evisa stating valid from 15th December to 25th December. I intend to travel on Monday 19th December.
Hi Abdul, Looks like they have changed the validity period. Now the application form shows validity till 25 December 2022 (earlier it was 18 December). We have updated the article. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Hi when I’m trying to apply I get an error message like this. “An activ HAYYA card is required to issue this type of visas”. Can you hel me with this?
Hi Jane, Those who applied for Hayya with QID cannot apply for this visa as the Saudi Visa portal removed the upload Hayya option. Now, this type of visa is only available to international fans (Earlier it was possible for Qatar residents). We have already explained this in the above article.
I tried multiple times to use saudi visa using my Hayya card which has my QID instead of passport number. i get the same error “An active HAYYA card is required to issue this type of visas” as many of the others….is there any solution to this?
Hi Razeen, Those who applied for Hayya with QID cannot apply for this visa as the Saudi Visa portal removed the upload Hayya option. Now, this type of visa is only available to international fans (Earlier it was possible). We have already explained this in the above article.
Asslam o Alaikum
Dear Doha Guide Team.
I am faced technical error in paying insurance payment. I use different way to solve this error, like apply other this other gmail, after delete my all browsers history then I apply new application but I faced still error. Please guide me wahth I do to solve this error and complete my visa application. I also contact [email protected] but saudi customer care team not response me, and answering my any mails. Please don’t ignore my comment, And answer me as soon as possible.
Hi Ahsan, Unfortunately, there is some issue with their visa portal. Many others have reported the same issue with insurance payments. Also, note that this will not work for Qatar residents.
I am unable to proceed with the application. I am trying to save the application, but this is message displayed: An active HAYYA card is required to issue this type of visas
What can i do to fix this?
Hi James, This type of visa is now only available to international fans. Qatar residents who applied with QID will see this error.
I’m sorry but this even not supporting international fans as well.
Hi Jane, Usually international fans don’t get this error. The system validates your Hayya using your passport number. Please check if there is some mistake in your passport number (in Hayya or in your Saudi visa application).
I am having the same issue with one of the applications. The insurance has been paid for but i havent received any confirmation like i did for the other applications. Please let me know if you find a solution
I applied for an eVisa for Hayya Card Holder on 26/11/2022, Now My Application status shows Send to Embassy. What to do Now?
Hi Md Jahiruddin Khan, There is nothing much you can do now. Your application has been sent for manual review. This has happened to many people recently. Most of them were approved after a few days.
Dear Doha Guides Team,
I have seen your update on 24/11 for Qatar Residents.
In my case I already received the Saudi Visa a month ago.
But my Hayya Card has my Qatar ID number and not the Passport number.
Will it be a problem? How will I know whether my visa is still valid?
Hi Raushan, It should be OK as your visa was already approved before they made the changes.
I figured it out. We must select “Non-Qatari” as our Current and Pass Nationality in order to be registered as GCC Resident. However, the visa application has been sent to the embassy, whatever this means!
I tried applying using ‘non-qatari’ as the resident country and nationality but an error message appears
Tried applying a normal tourism visa from the website and it shows a fee of $521 despite entering local residency details. Believe fee is based on citizenship rather than being a resident of Doha. Absolutely awful process.
Hi LittleSky, Did you follow the exact steps in this article: https://www.dohaguides.com/saudi-visa-for-qatar-residents/
Note that changing some options will change the fee also.
If I want to cross saudi border from UAE before 18th Dec to Qatar through Saudi Hayya Visa and return on 28th Dec from Qatar to UAE….. Do I need to apply for sepearte Saudi visit visa in order to have border access to enter from Qatar on 28th Dec and exit to UAE same day?
Hi OMI, You need a Saudi Visa to cross the border (even for one day). As this is a multiple-entry visa, you can use the same visa while returning.