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KSA extends iqama, visas without fees till Nov 30

KSA extends iqama, visas without fees till Nov 30
  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Saudi General Directorate of Passports has begun to extend the validity of residence permits (iqama) for expatriates outside the Kingdom as well as visit visas and exit and re-entry visas automatically without fees or charge until November 30.

The decision was made by the finance minister at the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

According to the authorities, the extension is part of the continuous efforts of the Saudi government to deal with the repercussions of COVID-19.

It also falls within the precautionary measures that guarantee the safety of Saudis and expatriates and mitigate financial impacts.

The Directorate confirmed that the extension will be done electronically, in cooperation with the National Information Center, without the need to visit the passport departments.

The extension process will be carried out as follows: first, extending the validity of residence permits as well as exit and re-entry visas for residents who are in the countries from which entry is suspended because of the coronavirus until November 30 and secondly, extending the validity of visit visas for visitors who are in those countries.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia announced the end of restrictions on travel to and from a number of countries.

The travel ban was originally imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid a surge in cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

It has been lifted in light of changes in the epidemiological situation both locally and globally, and based on submissions by the relevant health authorities, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.