The conservative Middle Eastern kingdom has unveiled plans for a new visa regime for 49 countries, while also relaxing strict dresscodes for female visitors.
The plans were unveiled at a gala event at Ad-Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Riyadh.
Saudi tourism minister, Ahmad al-Khateeb, described it as a “historic moment” for the country.
Visas have until now largely been restricted to pilgrims, business travellers and expatriate workers.
It is part of a wider move by the country to reduce its dependence on oil under the Vision 2030 banner.
Officials in Saudi Arabia said the country wants tourism to rise from three to ten per cent of gross domestic product by 2030.