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My father (a Yemeni citizen) is resident in Saudi Arabia with a long-term working visa (iqama). I have a Swedish travelling document and would like to visit my father in Saudi Arabia. According to Wikitravel:

Tourist visas, previously available for groups of at least four on guided tours, were "suspended" in late 2010 permanently.

If a Tourist visa is not available, is there some other legitimate way for me to achieve a short family visit?

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    your father has "iqama" means he is not saudi national, he is there on a working visa. what is your your and your father nationality? – Ali Awan Sep 20 '16 at 14:54
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    Apparently the Kingdom has or is about to resume issuing tourist visas, you might want to look into that, which might still be called a visit visa? – hippietrail Sep 20 '16 at 15:09
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    also you can visit your father on "umrah visa"? you thought about it? – Ali Awan Sep 20 '16 at 15:46
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    @AliAwan: It seems safe to assume OP is muslim but you never know. Do you need to be muslim to apply for an umrah visa? – hippietrail Sep 20 '16 at 16:33
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    yes i thought about it because of his name mohammad, usually it is a muslim name. Umrah visa is specially for muslims for visitng religion holy mark KABAH – Ali Awan Sep 20 '16 at 17:07
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Depending on what category of visa your dad has, he can apply for a visit visa for you.

You would need:

  1. A passport (or travel document) valid for 6 months.
  2. Photos (white background)
  3. Fees
  4. A copy of your father's iqama (the resident card) which should be current. Keep in mind in Saudi they use Hijri dates - today is 15/01/1438.
  5. A copy of the printout from the MOFA visa website; which shows your visa type, duration and the fact that the application has been accepted.

Your father needs to do the following:

  1. Go online to the MOFA website, or to his company's department that handles employee affairs and submit a copy of his passport and residency.
  2. A copy of your travel document's ID page.
  3. Pay the relevant fees.
  4. Pay the mandatory $254 medical insurance (new rule, enacted yesterday); payable only through the Enjaz system.
  5. Wait for the automated system to issue a visa.
  6. Send you a printout of the visa page, or the application number.

You can print out the visa result yourself, by entering the application number and your dad's residency number at this website.

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This is Ali Awan's comment turned into an answer: your dad can arrange a visit visa through your dad kafeel(sponsor), ask your dad about this.

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