Saudi Arabia has opened up its doors for the first time to foreign nationals looking to visit the area for holidays. With long stretches of stunning beaches and a yearly forecast rife in sunshine, Saudi is the ideal hotspot for tourists looking for an exotic getaway. However, the kingdom is also renowned for its strict rules. Breaking any of them has serious consequences, and tourists will not be exempt from the brutal punishments imposed. Traditionally visas were only available for business trips, religious pilgrimages or family reunions, but a new move has seen the country hoping to move away from its reliance on money from oil. Now, the new visa will see Saudi open its doors to tourists from over 50 countries worldwide. Visas are available both online and on arrival for a fee of 44 riyals (£95.43). Despite the change in rules surrounding visas, the countries rigorous policing of laws will remain in place and tourists are not exempt. The conservative Islamic state has strong beliefs about the consumption of alcohol, its own dress-code and rules around unmarried couples being together in public. Rebecca Kingsley, Brand Manager at TravelInsuranceExplained spoke with Express.co.uk to reveal some things tourists should consider… Read full this story
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