Seasonal work visa green-lighted

Updated 02 September 2015

Seasonal work visa green-lighted

JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Monday approved new regulations related to temporary and seasonal work visas.

At a meeting, chaired by Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Moahmmed bin Naif, the Cabinet took the decision after reviewing a report submitted to the Council of Ministers by the Labor Ministry.
According to the new regulations, each seasonal or temporary work visa will cost SR1,000. The fee for extension of seasonal visas will be SR1,000.
The proposals were first discussed and approved by the Shoura Council.
A temporary work visa is categorized as a special visa that allows a foreign worker to enter the Kingdom once or multiple times for work.
Labor Office Director in Jeddah Sultan Al-Harbi told Arab News that seasonal and temporary work visas will be issued throughout the year electronically as is the case with other visas.
In the past, seasonal work visas were only issued for Haj-related work.
Separately, the Cabinet slammed the recent bombing in Bahrain that killed a security officer and wounded several others. The ministers said these were terrorist acts aimed at destabilizing the country and shedding the blood of innocent people.
Majed Al-Qassabi, the minister of social affairs and acting minister of culture and information, said in a statement to the SPA that the Cabinet urged the international community to take action against terrorists and cut off their funding sources.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.