Marine and Seamen Work Visas

Marine/Seamen visas are available for holders of mariner credentials or seaman cards. Authorisation by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs must have been obtained by the sponsor company in Saudi Arabia prior to the applicant applying for a visa. Applicants require a letter of invitation from a company in Saudi Arabia, a letter of introduction from their company in the United Kingdom and a valid marine passport or seaman’s card.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of invitation from the Saudi sponsor company.
  2. A copy of a valid marine passport or seaman’s card, clearly stating the job title of the applicant. The job title of the applicant must be identical to that specified in the letter of introduction.
  3. An ordinary passport, in which the visa will be issued.


Visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days for both single entry and multiple entry visas.

A visa fee is payable online at

Please see the General Guidelines for information on how to apply for all visas.