Jawazat in Saudi Arabia (KSA) has started automatically extending the validity of Iqama & exit and re-entry visa for Free. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now extend the validity of Vias & Iqama without charging expatriate fees or any other fees untill March 2022. This was in line with the order provided by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and Saudi Press Agency Report (SPA)
Expatriates who are from such countries who are facing travel ban due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and who are now outside the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) will be able to take the benefits of this initiative.
The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) stated that expatriates who received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine in Saudi Arabia prior to their departure are exempt from this extension.
(Iqama), Exit and Re-entry Visa Extended
Responding to questions from people who want to make use of the deadline, Jawazat stated that the work on the extension and reentry visas is being done in collaboration with the National Information Center. The Jawazat stated that the extension can be done without the need to contact any departments.
Jawazat stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) would automatically extend the validity of visas for people who are currently not in the Kingdom to allow them to visit countries that have travel bans.
The extension will not be applicable to those expats who took only one dose of coronavirus vaccine within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before their departure on exit and reentry visa. Kings Salman directive also include extending the validity of visit visa issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visitors who are outside the Kingdom and who are from countries facing travel ban as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus. The period of extension will be until March 31.
This extension falls within the government’s continuing efforts to deal with the repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic. It also falls within precautionary measures and preventive protocols that ensure the safety of citizens and expatriates and contribute to mitigating financial and economic impacts of the pandemic.
It is important to make a note that on Jan. 21, the Jawazat said in a statement that it had started automatic extension of the validity of residency permit (iqama) and exit & reentry visa of expatriates, as well as that of visit visas to 10 days after 31st January. This would be applicable to those expatriates and visitors who are from countries facing temporary suspension of travel following the outbreak of coronavirus.