Tour operators are seeing a spike in interest in traveling to Saudi Arabia, especially from Indian expats who have lived in Bahrain for over 30 years but have not visited Saudi Arabia due to strict security requirements. Visa.
“We believe traffic to Saudi Arabia will increase as visa on arrival offers travelers a unique way to explore a country that is now beginning to ease entry requirements,” said CD Singh, Managing Director of Bahrain International Travel.
Magnum Travel Services managing director Haifa Oun has already seen a spike in interest in traveling to the neighboring kingdom during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, even overtaking Dubai.
Meanwhile, Bahrainis were elated after it was announced they could travel to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates using their national identity cards after a two-year hiatus.
The GDN reported that the Saudi General Passport Administration announced the decision on Thursday. Gulf countries had suspended travel between them using the smart card following the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. Passports were made compulsory to cross all national borders.
Bahrain’s Hassan Ali, 42, said the move would help boost tourism in the GCC.
“It’s a great idea and I hope all Gulf countries will implement it soon,” the 42-year-old Bahrain polytechnic employee told GDN.
University graduate Sara Albuarki was happy that life was back to normal after two years.
“We are happy to be able to travel to Saudi Arabia via King Fahd Causeway with only our ID card,” the 23-year-old said.
“This will increase the number of travelers between the two countries and boost tourism.
“Several students and professionals use the causeway every day to study and work and having a passport is a real headache. We traveled with smart cards before the Covid-19 pandemic and with governments reinstating the rule, I feel like life has returned to normal.
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