Without having a business in another country which has partner companies in Saudi Arabia, is their any way that it is possible for a tourist to travel to Saudi Arabia? I am not a muslim, but would at some stage be interested in seeing some of Saudi Arabia. From the research I have done it seems to be impossible for non muslims or business travellers to do anything but transit through Saudi Arabia.
Thanks for any help you can give.
Well, about 6 months ago or so I read in the newspaper that Saudi Arabia is planning to open up for regular travelers, no budget options possible unfortunately. If that happens, you can travel, probably organised I think, everywhere except Mekka and Medina.
I guess you searched on google as well. I did some searching on "saudi arabia open tourists" and "diving saudi arabia". Lots of links.
Also visas are issued by Saudi Arabian airlines. they have connections with european touroperators.
Also transits are only possible if there is no possible way of travelling in another way.
I lived in Saudi from 04' to 06' and never saw a western or European "tourist", there are lots of westerners in the country but all seem to be there on business visas. I have heard from friends still there that there may be "tourist" visa available soon but only in organized tour groups, no independent travel. It is to bad, it is an interesting country to explore. It has lots of untouched Red Sea shoreline and coral reefs so is a potential divers paradise but there are very few companies to help facilitate diving from the Saudi side. Several American and British compounds have their own dive clubs and go down to the sea almost every weekend for shore and boat dives. If you are lucky enough to get a business visa it is easy to get around within the country by air, bus or private car. Hopefuly the Saudis will see tourism as a way to diversify their economy and start allowing visitors soon.