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Now, women aged 25 and above, wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia alone, can be granted a tourist visa, stated a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). This move signifies that it will not be necessary for women over 25 to travel with any family member or companion.

However, women under 25 must be accompanied by a family member.

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Commenting on the initiative, Director General of the commission’s licensing department, Omar Al-Mubarak, said, “The tourist visa will be a single-entry visa valid for a maximum of 30 days. This visa is added to those currently available in the Kingdom. It is independent of work, visit, Hajj and Umrah visas.”

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