King orders free extension of Iqama, exit, re-entry visas of expatriates

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King orders free extension of Iqama, exit, re-entry visas of expatriates

Custodian of the 2 Holy Mosques King Salman has approved the extension of the validity of the expired iqama (residency permit) and exit and re-entry visas of expats who are outside the Kingdom for a period of 3-months without any charge.

The iqama of expatriates inside the Kingdom as well as the visa of visitors who are in the Kingdom of which the validity expires during the period of suspension of entry and exit from the Kingdom will also be extended for a period of 3-months without any charge.

The validity of final exit visas as well as exit and re-entry visas issued for expatriates, who are in the Kingdom, but were not used during the lock-down period will be extended for a period of 3-months without any fee, the SPA reported quoting an official source at the Ministry of Interior.

The beneficiaries of the King’s order include all expatriates who are outside the Kingdom on exit and re-entry visas, which expired during the lock-down period and after lifting of the lock-down.

These expatriates are not in a position to return to the Kingdom due to the enforcement of suspension of international flight service and temporary ban on entry and exit from the Kingdom.

The beneficiaries also include those expatriates who are still in the Kingdom after issuance of final exit visas or exit and re-entry visas but could not travel because of the suspension of entry and exit from the Kingdom.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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