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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Saudi to Issue Tourist Visa to 65 Countries this 2018; Tourist to get VAT Refund!

To be the top global destination, especially for Muslim tourist. This is the goal, Saudi Arabia wants to achieve by the end of the decade. This is also the reason why there is a massive development in the Kingdom's Red Sea coastline.    Aside from millions of visitors for Hajj and Umrah, Saudi wants to open itself to all and beat Dubai, Malaysia, and Turkey on the top spot of global destination, especially for Muslim tourist.    With this Saudi Arabia is opening its historical sites and five UNESCO sites for tourist in addition to country's beautiful natural landscape.

To be the top global destination, especially for Muslim tourist. This is the goal, Saudi Arabia wants to achieve by the end of the decade. This is also the reason why there is a massive development in the Kingdom's Red Sea coastline.

Aside from millions of visitors for Hajj and Umrah, Saudi wants to open itself to all and beat Dubai, Malaysia, and Turkey on the top spot of global destination, especially for Muslim tourist.

With this Saudi Arabia is opening its historical sites and five UNESCO sites for tourist in addition to country's beautiful natural landscape.


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Aside from this, tourists in Saudi Arabia will enjoy the tax-free purchases in the near future even after the government imposes 5% in almost all products and services starting January 1, 2018.

The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) announced that they are working on a mechanism to return the value-added tax (VAT) to tourists, but it will not be applied in the early months of 2018 because the process is being studied.

According to Hamoud Al-Harbi, director of the VAT operations center at GAZT, it is possible for companies to return the VAT to tourists on products they are taking to their countries.

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He added, the mechanism will be decided later as we are still working on the process, mechanisms, rules, and payment. He said, tax will be returned to tourists coming to Saudi Arabia if they paid the VAT on products that are on the list for the VAT.

But this is not applicable to expat tourist who lives in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Saudi Gazette reported that the government has the list of 65 countries around the world that will be able to secure tourist visas to Saudi Arabia through travel agency packages.


However as of writing the names of 65 countries has not been announced publicly.

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