Saudia’s digital system linking flight tickets to transit visas
Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier, Saudia has plans to launch a ‘Your Ticket Your Visa’ digital integration system. The service allows passengers to stay in the country for up to four days with a complementary digital visa linked to a flight ticket.
How it works
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs links a transit visa to the flight ticket in approximately three minutes through an integration with the airline’s booking platform. The system prioritises the ease and convenience of passengers and can be accessed through Saudia’s website and smart applications. It is a “first-of-its-kind” service and helps to support the 2030 Vision, positioning Saudi Arabia as a hub connecting East to West.
Captain Ibrahim Kosh, CEO of Saudia said:
“The launch of this innovative and seamless stopover visa is the first-of-its-kind in the aviation industry and a significant milestone in our digital transformation program. It is a testament to Saudia’s commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s strategic goal of reaching 100 million visits by 2030 and we are confident it will positively impact the growing number of transit passengers while enhancing our position as a hub that connects east and west. The new service will also encourage passengers to perform Umrah, visit key destinations and attend events and Saudi seasons.”
The service contributes to Saudi Arabia’s broader 2030 Vision which repositions Saudi Arabia as a tourism destination. As part of this, the aviation capacity is being grown in the region and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah is being promoted.
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Article by Jess Brownlow