I am travelling to Rome along with five other members (all in a family) from Bengaluru via Jeddah. My layover in Jeddah is 13.5 hours before i catch a connecting Flight to Rome. I won't be moving out of airport in Jeddah. Do I still need a Transit visa in Saudi Arabia.

  • Yes, you need visa otherwise they will not let you board. Call the saudi consulate for the visa or rebook the flight as soon as possible.
    – N Randhawa
    Apr 4, 2019 at 9:51
  • Please note that my flight departure time from Bengaluru to Jeddha was changed by airlines from 21:25 to 16:30 due to which i am now facing this problem of more than 12 hours layover. Do i still need a transit visa even though the mistake is from the airlines side. I have already written to the airlines and hope to expect a positive reply.
    – user94508
    Apr 4, 2019 at 10:31
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    @user94508 If the airline has changed your schedule in a way that makes the trip impossible for you, you should have the right to a full refund or rebooking. A country isn't going to waive its visa rules because of a schedule change that you were notified of in advance. Apr 4, 2019 at 11:13
  • I have contacted the airlines again and they say that they shall Board us early in Jeddah. Will this suffice.
    – user94508
    Apr 5, 2019 at 6:59
  • @user94508 What airline? Apr 5, 2019 at 9:15

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TWOV (Transit without visa) via Saudi Arabia:

Passengers transiting through Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED) or Riyadh (RUH) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 12 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Source: Timatic

I do not think they will let you board the plane to Saudi Arabia. However, I would suggest calling the airlines office and confirming this.

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