Every day the situation of the Coronavirus becomes worst. Another hour, another minute Coronavirus (Covid-19) has become the biggest headline with rapidly changing economic, social, and mental challenges around the globe. With countries like china known as 3rd superpower is feeling helpless and trying its best to combat the deadly disease, other countries believe in taking the necessary precautionary steps to avoid the incidence of the lethal virus in the country.
Saudi Arabia is very keen on protecting its citizens and Saudi expats from Coronavirus, which is depicted by the various statements and orders passed by the authorities over a while, from restricting traveling to avoiding gathering at mosques.
Recently the country gave 72 hours for Saudi expats and citizens to come back to the Kingdom as the international flights will be suspended for the coming two weeks. Keeping in the problem with the various visa holders regarding their stay and extension, a new order has been passed. What is it about? Read all about it in the article below.
Extension for Saudi Family Visit Visa & Other Visit Visas as per New Order
Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud has issued orders for the Passport Department (Saudi Jawazat) to extend Saudi family visit visa and all other types for the visit visa holders coming to the state. According to the Saudi press agency SPA, the passport department has stated that,
Saudi family visit visa and other type of visit visa will be extended online. Visa visas are taken for family, commercial, tourist, medical treatment or for employment, all of which will be extended through Absher.
Who to Approach if you Cannot Extend Visa through Absher?
The Passport Department (Saudi Jawazat) answered the all important query saying,
If any of them are having difficulty regarding Saudi family visit visa extension, then the department can refer to the passport and extend it. This decision is made in keeping with the decision to suspend international flights.
In What Conditions Saudi Family Visit Visa & Other Visit Visas Fee must be Submitted Prior to Extension?
The Ministry highlighted the following conditions under which the person must submit the visit visa extension fee at first opportunity. They are,
- If the visitor’s visa is about to expire.
- The stay in the state has exceeded 180 days.
- The online visa extension isn’t working.
What is the fee for the extension of any kind of visa?
According to the Ministry, the fee is equivalent to the duration of each visit visa for stay in Saudi Arabia and the passport must be referred to the department (Saudi Jawazat) for necessary visa extension proceedings. Read more: Saudi Arabia Extends 3 more days for Umrah Pilgrims to Travel to their Home Country
Has the order being implemented or not?
No, the order hasn’t started being implemented. The Passport Department (Saudi Jawazat) is in contact with the National Information Center to provide online facility for various types of Saudi family visit visa & business, commercial and other types of visit visa to facilitate the exceptional extension of visas.
It is very much important as the Saudi expats were at the hit –list after the suspension of international flights. Now with the consent of the companies, the employers can extend their Saudi family visit visa and other types of visit visas and enjoy their stay in homeland until the situation of corona becomes safe for travel. Please share our article and comment below your thoughts on this decision.