Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity for expats

A picture taken on March 26, 2020, shows the main King Fahd road empty in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after the Kingdom began implementing an 11-hour nationwide curfew, on the day of an emergency G20 video conference, to discuss a response to the COVID-19 crisis. (File/AFP)
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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.


Saudi Arabia extends initiatives to relieve coronavirus economic effects

Updated 02 July 2020

Saudi Arabia extends initiatives to relieve coronavirus economic effects

  • The Kingdom has launched 142 initiatives to aid with economic effects of COVID-19
  • Residents whose visas have expired have a free month of extension

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered authorities to extend some initiatives intended to alleviate economic effects of coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
The extension aims to further support businesses and individuals through the current situation. The initiatives include the suspension of some fines and additional aid for citizens.
The unemployment insurance, Saned will continue working to help Saudi citizens working in the private industry. Import customs can be delayed for 30 days as long as there is a bank guarantee of payment.
Residents whose visas have expired have a free month of extension, in specific cases they can apply for another month afterwards.
Saudi Arabia has launched 142 initiatives to alleviate the economic effects of coronavirus since March 2020, valued at over $57 billion, the report added.