The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that unmarried foreigners who visit the kingdom are henceforth allowed to lodge in hotels without identification, as the conservative country begins offering up tourist visas to foreigners for the first time.
In a statement published on Twitter on Sunday by the tourism authority, Saudi Women who travel alone can as well check into a hotel by presenting valid ID.
Prior to this time, unmarried couple were not allowed to stay together in hotels across Saudi.
“This is no longer required for tourists,” the statement said.
Before this latest development, visas were only issued to Muslim pilgrims, expatriates, and spectators at sporting events.
About 49 countries are now eligible to obtain online e-visas or visas on arrival, including citizens of the United State, Australia and some European countries.
Earlier on September 27, The Government of Saudi Arabia announced it will begin granting visas to tourist with the goal of diversifying its oil-dependent economy.
On September 28, Saudi authorities warned that there is zero-tolerance to tourists who violated “public decency”, tourists who engage in improper conduct, improper dressing and public displays of affection, would be subject to fines.