This could be an interesting place to visit for some. I don't think that it is for me but there certainly could be some sights worth seeing.
Your TR does make it look a very interesting place to visit.Sure is. I went there in the 1990s for work:
One of my most favourite trips was one for work to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in 1994. I've just gotten around to getting my 35mm slides scanned (hat tip to flyboyal) and I thought I'd share some of those memories here. It was certainly an unusual trip - actually two, which I'll combine into one...www.australianfrequentflyer.com.au
Being a male helped
Edit: Australia on the list for eVisas (this doesn't look like an official site)
Saudi Arabia tourist visa 2019. Get an eVisa and learn about the types of visitor visa to enter Saudi Arabia, tourism in Saudi Arabia, and travel documents.www.saudiarabiavisa.com
Just get a B1/B2 visa for LOTFAP. You know immediately where you stand that way - and they are valid for 5 years. That’s all I did after visiting Iran and Sudan. No issues or questions about why I had visited those places and the visa was granted the same day.Will be interesting to see how quickly the Saudis manage to develop their tourism industry. A new ME destination that doesn't jeopardise ESTA waivers should have quite a bit of potential.
Yowsers. Hopefully there will be some better priced ones than that come along!I know of one company that has already been running a tour there: Saudi Arabia the Forbidden Kingdom - Small Group Tour - Native Eye
I haven’t yet used Native Eye but I do have a different tour booked with them for September 2020. The Saudi tour was on my radar for 2021; now it will almost definitely be on.
Its been reported that the restrictions will be relaxed for visitors, but time will tell. Its all very well for the higher-ups to make announcements that sound nice to the west, but what the 'on-the-ground' mob do, is anyone's guess.I wonder how the cultural differences will be enforced on shorter stay tourist visas?
That was my experience driving there 20 years ago. You had to keep eyes everywhere and always expect anything. Small example I remember; road with 3 lanes of traffic each way stopped at intersection at traffic light. Left hand drive, so we are in the right hand side of a dual lane highway. When the light turned green, the car in the right-most lane immediately turned left, in front of the other 2 lanes, to make a left turn.As for driving? Some of the stories he came back with still make him wonder how he wasn't killed on the roads. Insanity on wheels, and complete disregard for safety, particularly if roadworks were being performed.
Wonder if there will be any impact on travel insurance pricing.This could be an interesting place to visit for some. I don't think that it is for me but there certainly could be some sights worth seeing.