The extension period will be until January 31, 2022

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Posted: Tue, Nov 30, 2021, 7:02 PM

Expats from 17 countries, including India and Pakistan, can benefit from Saudi Arabia’s recent move to extend the validity of residence permits, exit and re-entry visas, and visit visas at no cost.

Saudi Arabia’s Passport Authority (Jawazat) announced the decision on Monday under the direction of the guardian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The 17 countries are Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Brazil, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia , Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini (Swaziland).

The Jawazat has automatically started to extend the validity of residence permits and exit and re-entry visas until January 31, 2022, at no cost.

The extension will not be applicable to expatriates who are fully vaccinated in the Kingdom before their departure abroad on an exit and re-entry visa.


The King’s Directive also includes the extension of the validity of visit visas issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visitors who are outside the Kingdom and who come from countries facing a travel ban due to the epidemic. coronavirus. The extension period will be until January 31, 2022.

This extension, issued by the Minister of Finance, is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as to ensure the safety of citizens and residents, and to help mitigate the impacts. financial and economic aspects of the pandemic.