Saudi Post launches home deliveries to safeguard public health during coronavirus lockdown

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Updated 26 March 2020

Saudi Post launches home deliveries to safeguard public health during coronavirus lockdown

  • New service will operate across the Kingdom
  • Postal workers will also deliver family registries to homes of newlyweds

RIYADH: Saudi Post on Tuesday launched a delivery service across the Kingdom to help protect public health.

Usually, packages have to be collected from post offices. Now postal workers will deliver them to people’s doors through a new service with the slogan: “For your safety, we’ll deliver to you.”

The move comes as Saudi authorities step up precautionary measures, including a curfew and workplace closures, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Saudi Post has also launched a service, called Absher, that means newlyweds will no longer have to visit the Ministry of Civil Service to collect their “family registry,” listing their dependents, after applying for it online. Instead, it will be delivered to their homes.

Saudi Post said it has been working on a daily basis to raise awareness of the coronavirus among staff and safeguard their health. It has also implemented remote working procedures, in accordance with social-distancing instructions issued by the Saudi government to protect workers and the wider community.
 


Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity for expats

Updated 08 April 2020

Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity for expats

  • The extension will continue for an additional three months for expats

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports will extend the validity of exit and return visas – that expire between Feb. 25 until May 24 of 2020 – at no charge, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.
The extension will continue for an additional three months for expats. The decision will cover residents of commercial and industrial professions in the Kingdom and those whose visas have not been used during the suspension of the entry and exit period.
The General Directorate of Passports said that the extension will be done automatically from the system without reviewing the passports.
People can enter their accounts on the “Absher” platform to view the service provided to them electronically, it added.