Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity of expats stranded abroad until August 31

SourceGulf Business
CountrySaudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Tuesday that the validity of residency, exit and re-entry visas of expats stranded abroad as a result of the current travel restrictions will be automatically extended until August 31, 2021. In addition, the validity of visit visas for visitors who are in the countries from where entry is suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic will also be extended until August 31. The General Directorate of Passports stated that it had already begun renewing these visas, and that it was doing so without any fees being charged to the visa holders.

The decision to extend the validity of the visas, follows a directive issued by Saudi ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Officials in the country stated that the visa extension falls within precautionary and preventive measures to guarantee the safety of citizens and residents and contribute to mitigating financial and economic impacts as a result of it, reported state-run . The Directorate indicated more...