Saudi Arabia will resume issuing tourist visas as early as January 2021 following months of lockdown, according to Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb.
The minister told Bloomberg visas could be issued sooner depending on “positive developments” regarding a vaccine.
“It’s possible the process could be accelerated and visas made available at an earlier date,” he said.
While Saudi Arabia prepares to reopen its borders to foreign tourists, it also plans to use its G20 presidency role this year to facilitate the resumption of global travel.
The Kingdom halted international travel and closed its borders on March 15 after the coronavirus outbreak. It resumed domestic travel on May 31 and partially opened its borders on Sept. 15, allowing foreign workers holding resident permits to return to the Kingdom and others to leave.