All visitors currently inside Saudi Arabia, whose visiting visas are about to expire, will now be able to extend their stay for up to 180 days, after paying a fee, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The move was taken after Saudi Arabia decided to suspend all international flights for two weeks in light of the outbreak of coronavirus.
According to the directives of Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Nayef Bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, the General Directorate of Passports will now allow holders of all types of visit visas to extend their stay in the kingdom.
They can do so through the Absher platform or by visiting the General Directorate of Passports’ offices in case they cannot extend it online.
The General Directorate of Passports affirmed it was coordinating with the National Information Centre to list the exceptional extension service among the services provided by the Ministry of Interior’s Absher platform.