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What is a Stopover in Saudi?

A stopover is when travelers stop in the kingdom on the way to their final destination and have a connecting time between their flights of more than 12 hours before continuing with the journey to their final destination.

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Saudi Arabia Transit Rules 2022

Travelers who plan on transiting through Saudi Arabia and have a connecting time between their flights of more than 12 hours need to apply for a Saudi transit visa. A Saudi transit visa can be applied for through the Saudi-based airline the applicant is travelling with or a travel agency or through an established agent via the visa section of the Saudi Embassy in their country.

Here’s a couple of suggestions on how to spend your stopover time when transiting through Riyadh

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12 Hour Stopover

With a couple of hours to spend in the city, you could take a break from the bustle and the heat in King Abdullah Park. This open green space is the perfect place to wander in the shade of the palm trees and enjoy the dancing fountains. It’s especially impressive at night, when the fountains are lit up by the extravagant light display. But whatever time you visit, the park is a great place to catch your breath and get some exercise before your next flight.

24 Hour Layover in Riyadh

An overnight layover in Riyadh lets you explore the city more fully. Once you’ve found a hotel and a suitcase storage in Riyadh, you’ll be able to be a little more ambitious in what you want to see. The King Abdulaziz Historical Center functions as Saudi Arabia’s National Museum, and is the best place to learn all about the rich history of this country. Alternatively, you could head a little out of town and take a tour of the Wadi Hanifah Valley, a region of beautiful desert scenery and quaint villages. Or you could experience the desert on a camel safari that will let you live out your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies.

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