S Arabia extends visa validity for stranded expats free of charge

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Saudi Arabia has announced that the validity of residence permits (Iqama) for expatriates, who are stranded outside the country due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, would be extended free of charge.

The kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports has extended the validity of residence permit and exit and re-entry visas for expats without any charges until Jan 31, 2022, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday.

Expatriates who are from countries facing travel ban will be the beneficiaries of this initiative taken on the directives of King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The extension will not be applicable to expats who were fully vaccinated inside the kingdom before their departure on exit and re-entry visa.

Riyadh also extended the validity of visit visa issued by the country’s foreign affairs ministry for visitors who are outside the kingdom and who belong to countries facing travel ban as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.

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