The Saudi Press Agency recently announced that the validity of residency permits, exit and re-entry visas and visitor visas would be extended until the end of August.

Key Points:

  • Residency permits and exit and re-entry visas for foreign nationals who are stranded abroad will be automatically extended until Aug. 31.
  • Visitor visas for foreign nationals living in a country from which travel to Saudi Arabia is suspended will be automatically extended until Aug. 31.
  • Foreign nationals who hold any of the aforementioned visas do not need to apply for the extension. Saudi Arabian officials have already started renewing the visas without charging holders an additional fee.

BAL Analysis: The extension was made as an effort to mitigate the effect and repercussions of the ongoing pandemic. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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