Riyadh — The Saudi Press Agency has reported, the validity of iqamas (residency permits), exit, re-entry visas, and visit visas of expatriates currently stranded in the countries facing travel ban will be extended free of cost until Nov. 30, 2021.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, granted the free extension of visas and visas. It is part of the continuous efforts taken by the government to ensure the safety of citizens and residents and alleviate the economic and financial impact brought about by the pandemic.
SPA also reported that the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) would automatically provide all extensions in cooperation with the National Information Center.
India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Lebanon are the major countries facing the travel ban.
Additionally, last month Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior had issued a directive to permit fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing the travel ban.
The decision applies only to foreigners with a valid residency permit (iqama) and who left the Kingdom on exit and re-entry visas after taking two doses of vaccine against coronavirus from Saudi Arabia.