Saudis require Schengen visa to visit 19 European countries

Updated 22 April 2016

Saudis require Schengen visa to visit 19 European countries

JEDDAH: Nineteen European countries are now requiring Saudi tourists to take out Schengen visas if they travel to their shores, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to a local travel agency owner.
Speaking to a local newspaper recently, Sami Abdulhadi said the cost to get the Schengen visa varies according to the country of destination. “Bosnia for example charges a fee of SR300, Germany SR1,400, France SR600, and the Netherlands SR900,” he said.
Every country determines the period of validity, with France and Germany three months the first time and two years the second time. Italy has six months and 12 months, he said.
The Schengen area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the European Union and four part of the European Free Trade Area.
Meanwhile, Abdulhadi said air fares to America range from SR3,500 to SR4,000 off-season and up to SR7,000 during summer. To the United Kingdom the prices range from SR2,900 to SR3,000, to France from SR3,500 to SR4,000 and to Bosnia from SR2,300 to SR2,400, he said.
He said this year’s summer would be one of the longest in recent years, because it runs from Ramadan until Dhul Hijjah. Many people have already started booking their trips, with most tourists heading to the United States, he said.
He said European countries were the second most popular destination, mainly to the United Kingdom and France, while Asian countries ranked third. Travel to Turkey has declined because of the security situation in that country, he said.
However, he said more people were traveling to Egypt now that the Kingdom has issued a travel advisory for Saudis to stay away from that country, and with transfers from banks being stopped too.


Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

Updated 52 min 50 sec ago

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
"It is an unprecedented measure that has not been taken by Aramco before. May OSPs will depend on how the OPEC+ meeting concludes. We are doing what we can to make it successful, including taking this extraordinary step to delay the OSPs," the Saudi source said.
Saudi Aramco typically issues its OSPs by the 5th of each month, setting the trend for Iranian, Kuwaiti and Iraqi prices and affecting more than 12 million barrels of oil per day bound for Asia.
OPEC and allies are due to meet on Thursday to discuss a possible new global crude supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia which has prompted US President Donald Trump to intervene.
The Saudi source said that Riyadh wants to avoid a repeat of the outcome of a March meeting where oil talks collapsed between OPEC and allies "due to Russia's lack of cooperation with the rest of OPEC+ participants".
Coordinated cuts between OPEC members and others led by Russia expired on March 31 having helped support crude prices since they began in January 2017.
The OPEC+ meeting was initially due for Monday, but was postponed to April 9 "to allow for more time to reach out to all producers including OPEC+ and others," the Saudi source said.