Saudi Extends Visas for Stranded Expats for Free

  • Publish date: Monday، 24 May 2021
Saudi Extends Visas for Stranded Expats for Free
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The General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday that Saudi Arabia will extend the validity of residence permits for expatriates who are stranded outside the country due to Covid travel restrictions.

The directorate said renewal involves an automatic extension without fees until June 2, 2021 which also applies to visit visas.

The General Directorate of Passports confirmed that the extension will be done automatically in cooperation with the National Information Centre without the need to visit its departments.

On Monday,  May 17th, Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on air, sea and land travel for vaccinated travellers in and out of the kingdom. 

Fully vaccinated residents or those who received one dose more than 14 days before travelling, according to guidelines posted by Saudia airline can travel.

International flights from 20 countries will stay, even after May 17, when the Kingdom resumes international flights.

The list of countries from which entry is banned include the UAE, India and Pakistan.