Women will also be allowed to stay in hotel rooms alone. Couples ly had to prove they were married before getting a hotel room.
The government move comes amid efforts by Saudi Arabia to grow its tourism industry. What are the new changes?
In the past, couples had to provide documents proving marriage, but now these rules have been relaxed for foreigners. All women, including Saudis, can book and stay in hotels alone, providing ID on check-in. Alcohol remains banned.
womsn What's behind the changes? Long seen as one of the strictest places on earth, Saudi Arabia is trying to soften its image in the eyes of foreign tourists and investors. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently made some substantial changes in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
These include ending a ban on female drivers and allowing women to travel abroad without a male guardian's permission. Simon Calder, senior random support chat room editor at The Independent, said that the relaxing of visa regulations would likely increase the of people travelling to the kingdom. Related Topics.