Important Information

Invitations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia advises that Invitation letters dated prior to Sunday, 02 October 2016 will not be accepted for processing new visa requests. Travellers are requested to obtain a new invitation letter to process their applications

VisaCentral Saudi Arabia Services

The Saudi Arabia Embassy has outsourced to a Visa Application Centre, which all applicants are obliged attend in person in order to have their documentation checked, verified and registered with the relevant authorities.  Applications are accepted by strict appointment only and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Applicants who attend the application centre with incorrect documentation will be obliged to schedule a new appointment prior to their return without any fast track options available. VisaCentral is able to assist applicants with obtaining their visa by offering the following services:

Pre-Checking Service
VisaCentral strongly recommends the use of the Pre-Check Service in order to minimise the risk of the application being refused by the processing centre resulting in delays to the applicant's travel plans. In order to facilitate this, please upload securely a scan of all fully completed visa application requirements listed below at www.VisaCentral.ch/upload-forms?service=precheck along with a fully filled Saudi Arabia Services Order Form which can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack

Appointment Booking Service
All visa applications are by strict appointment only and will be issued by the processing centre on a first come, first served basis. VisaCentral is happy to assist applicants with this procedure and is recommended to be used in partnership with our Pre-Check Service. In order to facilitate this, please complete the Saudi Arabia Services Order Form which can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack

Chamber of Commerce legalisation
Applications submitted to the Saudi Arabia Embassy must have the employer's business letter legalised by the Chamber of Commerce. VisaCentral is able to provide this service on behalf of the applicant. In order to facilitate this please send the original Business Introduction Letter along with a fully completed Saudi Arabia Services Order Form which can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an Saudi Arabia Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date
    • Have two blank facing visa pages

  2. Copy of Passport Identification Page

    Provide a clear copy of your passport identification page

  3. Photograph

    You must provide a photograph. Upload your photo and we will print it to the exact specifications required for this visa. Follow http://visacentral.ch/photo-service.php to upload your photo.

     

    Alternatively, you may provide two colour, passport type photographs that meet the following strict criteria: be taken within the last three months against a white background and printed on high quality photo paper; be 35mm by 45mm in size; be identical; provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression. You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes. Your photographs should not be affixed to your application and may not display evidence of adhesive or staples.

  4. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  5. Business Introduction Letter

    An original letter of introduction from the applicant's Switzerland employer. This letter must:

    • Be addressed to the Embassy in Geneva
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • Specify the job title of the applicant as it is stated on the letter of invitation
    • Specify the validity of the visa as required on the letter of invitation
    • Specify the purpose of journey
    • Include the name of the organisation(s) to be visited
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Be signed by the applicant's supervisor or the company's HR department
    • Be stamped by the local Chamber of Commerce
    • Be in English only

     

    A sample business introduction letter can be found within the VisaCentral Application Pack

  6. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from the company to be visited in Saudi Arabia. A copy is acceptable. This letter must:

    • Be issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Bear the name of the applicant's Switzerland employer
    • Be sent to the Consulate in Bern/Geneva depending on the place of application

    It is important that the invitation has been issued, authorised and officially registered by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs


    VisaCentral can obtain a Saudi Business Invitation on your behalf. In order to facilitate this, please upload the following documents securely at www.VisaCentral.ch/upload-forms?service=saudi

    • A clear colour copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for three months beyond the expiry date of the intended visa
    • One fully completed VisaCentral Saudi Arabia Invitation Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack. This form must be typed only. Handwritten forms will not be accepted

  7. Company Registration Document

    Proof of company registration. This must be provided as :

    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Saudi Company
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Swiss company at the Federal Commercial Registry Office (obtainable at www.zefix.ch)

  8. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form

  9. Supplementary Form

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be signed by the applicant
    • Indicate the job title in English or Arabic as it is indicated on the invitation letter
    • Be completed again if corrections become necessary, and submitted in original form

  10. VisaCentral Order Form

    Complete the Saudi Arabia Services Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack and send to VisaCentral by post or upload securely at www.VisaCentral.ch/upload-forms?service=precheck

  11. Female Applicants

    Female applicants must provide an authorisation issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Copies are accepted

  12. Traveller Registration (recommended)

    The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs recommends Swiss citizens to register with the Swiss Embassy in the countries they plan to visit. Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Traveller Registration Service. Registration notifies the Swiss embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the Itineris crisis registration system. To enroll in this optional service complete the registration form included in the VisaCentral Application Pack and send it to us with the rest of your documents

Important Information

Invitations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia advises that Invitation letters dated prior to Sunday, 02 October 2016 will not be accepted for processing new visa requests. Travellers are requested to obtain a new invitation letter to process their applications

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an Saudi Arabia Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Personal Application

    Only travellers who have booked through an authorised tour operator are eligible for tourist visas. In such cases, the tour operator will organise the visa on the traveller's behalf

  2. Traveller Registration (recommended)

    The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs recommends Swiss citizens to register with the Swiss Embassy in the countries they plan to visit. Stay informed and safe by having VisaCentral subscribe you to the Traveller Registration Service. Registration notifies the Swiss embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the Itineris crisis registration system. To enroll in this optional service complete the registration form included in the VisaCentral Application Pack and send it to us with the rest of your documents

Saudi Arabia Visa

Don't know what a visa for Saudi Arabia looks like?  You can view sample visa for Saudi Arabia and see the information it contains.

See a sample Saudi Arabia visa

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