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Saudi Arabia first began to issue tourist visa: they will be able to citizens of 49 countries, including Russia. Previously, the Kingdom issued a transit visa, work visa, visa for businessmen and visas for Muslim pilgrims.
the Visa will be issued for a period of three months with the possibility of multiple entry, it costs $ 440 SAR (about 7500 rubles). The visa can be obtained in electronic form on a special website or upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.
the country's tourism Minister Ahmed Khatib called the issuance of tourist visas a historic moment. Riyadh, opening the country to foreign tourists, hopes to increase by 2030 the share of tourism in GDP from the current 3% to 10%.
"Coming into the country, tourists will be amazed at all the treasures that are here there are five world heritage sites, UNESCO, unique rich culture, beautiful nature," said Ahmed Khatib.
reportedly, tourists will be allowed a small deviation from the strict dress code that exists in the Kingdom. The Saudi Arabian authorities will demand that foreign tourists wore the Abaya (traditional Arabic women's long dress completely hiding a figure, usually black). While foreign women should dress modestly, says Riyadh.
"We hope that our friends and guests will respect our culture", — said the Minister.
Also, Riyadh does not require that tourists who decided to visit the country, necessarily accompanied by male relatives.
the Tourists, not Muslim, still will not be able to visit the Muslim Holy cities — Mecca and Medina. Foreign tourists will spread existing on the territory of the Kingdom of the ban on alcohol.
the Russian service "Bi-bi-si"
Before tourists could visit Saudi Arabia only for a transit visa and stay in the country for a maximum of three days. In December last year, Riyadh began issuing electronic visas to visit concerts and sporting events.
In Saudi Arabia, like reform, which promotes crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Two years ago women got the right to drive a car and to use public spaces. In addition, the country has opened cinemas and it became possible to hold concerts and other entertainment events. According to the authorities, reforms to diversify the economy dependent on oil.
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