Important new Visa requirement for business visitors to Saudi Arabia


On 29 March 2016 the Saudi Arabian authorities introduced a requirement for ‘Businesss Introduction Letters’ which must be certified and accompany Business Visa applications submitted to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Chamber International is authorised to certify the document for you.

What is the form of wording I need to use in the introductory letter?

We have created a template you can download here that incorporates the official wording. This needs to be prepared on your company headed paper.

What do I need to do in order for Chamber International to certify my letter?

Before we can certify your introductory letter you must first download, complete and send a Formal Undertaking to If you have obtained certified export related documentation from us in the past we may already hold a Formal Undertaking for your business.

Can I email my letter to you for certification?

No, the embassy require an original document, originally signed by a senior person within your company.

Do I need to provide any additional documents to support my request?

We require an extra copy of the signed document for our records and please remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you would like your document returning by post.

How much does it cost?

The standard issue fee is £23 excluding VAT for Chamber of Commerce members and £45 excluding VAT for non-members. This increases to £46 excluding VAT and £90 excluding VAT for personal callers who use the premium while you wait service.

How do I pay?

You can pay by debit/credit card or cheque made payable to Chamber International.

Members can pay on account, non-members must pay on application.

How long does it take you to certify the form?

Documents can be turned around the same day as received (cut-off times apply).

Where do I send my introductory letter?

Send your document to: Trade Procedures Team, Chamber International, Devere House, Vicar Lane, Little Germany, Bradford BD1 5AH.

Who can I speak to for advice?

Contact the Trade Procedures Team on 0845 034 7200 or email for further information.

Contact the Trade Procedures Team on 0845 034 7200 or email for further information.