RIYADH — The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has started extending the validity of iqama (residency permit) and exit and re-entry visas of expatriates, who are currently outside Saudi Arabia along with extending the validity of visit visas automatically without fees until Aug. 31.
This extension, which implements the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, applies only to expatriates and foreigners from the nine countries from where entry to the Kingdom is forbidden currently banned due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Finance issued an order in this regard as part of the continuous efforts undertaken by the Saudi government in tackling the effects and consequences of COVID-19. It is also part of the preventive measures that guarantee the safety of citizens and residents and contribute to mitigating its economic and financial effects.
Jawazat has confirmed that the automatic validity extension of visas in collaboration with the National Information Center without the ex-pat having to visit any Jawazat office personally in this respect.