India makes e-visas available to Saudi nationals

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This photo taken on January 8, 2018 shows an Indian women picking tea leaves at a tea plantation near Munnar in the state of Kerala. (AFP)
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A plane is seen at the taxiway after landing at Kochi's International airport in the Indian state of Kerala on August 29, 2018. (AFP)
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Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
Updated 18 June 2019
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India makes e-visas available to Saudi nationals

  • All applicants will need are valid identification documents, like passports, and a debit or credit card with which to pay the e-visa fee

RIYADH: The Indian government has made e-visas available for Saudi nationals in an effort to ease travel and increase the number of Saudi visitors to the country, it said on Monday.
India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed told Arab News “I am happy to announce that the e-visa facility is now available to Saudi nationals, and all related agencies have been informed. Saudi nationals can apply for the visa online from the comfort of their homes or from anywhere in the world.”
E-visa application confirmations will be filed within a 24-hour period of submission, approval granted within 72 hours, and the visa will be valid for one year.
All applicants will need are valid identification documents, like passports, and a debit or credit card with which to pay the e-visa fee.
The e-visa will then be sent via email, and can be used digitally or printed. The e-visas are issued for a period of one year with multiple entries and each stay is valid up to 90 days, the ambassador said.
Sayeed added that applicants could opt for tourist, business or medical visas via the new system, which will render the current biometric visa system redundant.
The decision comes following the visit by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh in April 2016 and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s trip to New Delhi in February this year.
India launched e-visa facilities for 43 countries in November 2014 to simplify the process of obtaining a visa to the country, and to promote it as a tourist destination.


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh