Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia extends validity of iqamas and visas of expats stranded abroad

The validity of Iqamas (residency permits), exit and re-entry visas, as well as visit visas of expatriates who are currently stranded in the countries facing a travel ban, will be extended until July 31 2021 free of cost, the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) announced on Tuesday.

According to Jawazat, the extension is limited to expatriates from 20 countries whose entry was suspended as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jawazat confirmed that the extension will be carried out automatically in cooperation with the National Information Center, without the need for a visit to the Jawazat offices, and will be free of charge.

“Starting to extend the validity of Iqama for expatriates who are outside the Kingdom and extend the validity of visit, exit and re-entry visas electronically without fees or charges until 31/7/2021 in the countries from which entry is suspended” the Jawazat tweeted.

The free extension of the validity period of Iqamas and visas granted by the finance minister at the directives of King Salman is part of the continuous efforts taken by the government to ensure the safety of citizens and residents and to mitigate its economic and financial impacts on them.

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Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.