Free Visa for FIFA ticket holders to visit Mecca and Medina: Saudi Authorities

Riyadh – Free visas will be granted to FIFA ticket holders to perform Umrah in Mecca, and also to visit Prophet’s city of Medina, Saudi authorities announced on Tuesday.

According to a report by Saudi Gazette, Khaled Al Shammari, assistant director general of the general department of visas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that Muslim fans of FIFA who purchased tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be eligible to perform Umrah.

According to the authorities, the state will cover all costs associated with obtaining an electronic visa for the ticket holders. However, medical insurance needs to be obtained from the visa platform.

The validity period for this visa is from November 11 to December 18. As a result, ticket holders will be permitted to go to Saudi Arabia from 10 days before the World Cup officially kicks off until the final day of the competition.

The given visa will have multiple-entry privileges. The bearer of the visa is not required to enter Saudi Arabia from Qatar, and is free to enter and exit the Kingdom from any port of entry.