Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it will extend expatriate visas and residency permits for another three months free of charge, according to a Ministry of Interior statement.
The decision is aimed at supporting the Kingdom's efforts in mitigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on individuals, businesses, the private sector and investors, and on economic activities.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the extension of the validity on the following visas has been approved:
- The validity of final exit visas for expatriates has been extended free of charge.
- The validity of expired Residence Permit (Iqama) for expatriates who are outside the Kingdom on an exit and return visa, which expired during the period of which entry and exit were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended for a period of three months free of charge.
- The validity of unused exit and return visas for expatriates that expired during the period of travel suspension has been extended for a period of three months free of charge.
- Exit and return visas for all expatriates who are outside the Kingdom, which expired during the coronavirus travel ban, have been extended for a period of 3 months free of charge.
- Residence permits (Iqama) for expatriates who are inside Saudi Arabia and had arrived on a visit visa that expired during the travel ban period, have been extended for a period of 3 months free charge.
An interior ministry source said that these exceptions are “subject to continuous follow-up and change according to need,” SPA reported.
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered the extension of a number of government initiatives to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on economic activities and the private sector.