Riyadh — Saudi Arabia has issued orders for the automatic extension of the validity of residency permit (iqama) and exit and re-entry visa of expatriates, as well as that of visit visas to 10 days after Jan. 31. This extension will apply to expatriates and visitors from countries facing temporary travel suspension following the coronavirus outbreak.
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However, expatriates who have received the two doses of coronavirus vaccine from Saudi Arabia before their departure are exempted from this extension announced by the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat).
Replying to the queries concerning the deadline, the Jawazat stated that iqama validity extension and exit and re-entry visa is an automatic process conducted in cooperation with the National Information Center. Therefore, it said that there is no need to contact the departments of Jawazat for the extension.
The Jawazat explained that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would automatically extend the validity of visit visas of those people from countries; facing a travel ban provided that they are at present outside the Kingdom to 10 days after Jan. 31.
It is noteworthy that the duration of exit and re-entry visas is valid for three months for travel; from the date of issuance if specified in months such as 60, 90, and 120 days; and the duration of the visa will count from the date of travel. However, if specified in days or “return before…” it is calculated from the date of issuance of the visa.