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.


Last Friday prayer for Hijri year 1441 performed at Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 14 August 2020

Last Friday prayer for Hijri year 1441 performed at Prophet’s Mosque

MADINAH: Worshippers in Madinah performed the last Friday prayer for this Hijri year at the Prophet’s Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They headed to the mosque early in the morning to perform their prayers while abiding by regulations and instructions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including maintaining distance from others and wearing a face mask.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques ensured that people observed COVID-19 protocols, and that cleaning and sanitizing work was carried out using eco-friendly products that did not harm public health.

The presidency installed thermal cameras at the entrance of the mosque that work from 6 meters away in order to detect worshippers with a fever. It also made hand gel available at all the mosque’s gates.