According to a statement, Saudi officials have begun to automatically extend the validity of residency permits (Iqama) and exit and re-entry visas without taxes or penalties until December 31.
According to the General Directorate of Passports, the decision is in response to Saudi King Salman’s directions.
“This extension, announced by the Minister of Finance, is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.” It also comes under precautionary and preventative measures that ensure the safety of people and residents while also contributing to the reduction of financial and economic repercussions,” the Directorate stated.
The Directorate stated that the expansion will be done out automatically in collaboration with the National Information Centre, eliminating the necessity for visitors to visit passport departments.
The procedure for extending is as follows: First, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will extend the validity of residence permits as well as exit and re-entry visas for residents who are in countries where entry is suspended due to Coronavirus until 31/01/2022, except for those who were fully vaccinated inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before leaving; and second, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will extend the validity of visit visas for visitors who are outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and from countries where entry is suspended due to Coronavirus until 31/01/2022.