Riyadh: The government of Saudi Arabia has announced a fee-free extension for citizens of 20 countries, including Pakistan, whose visiting visas were expiring.
According to the details, the Saudi news agency says that the visa extension will be extended till July 31. Under the facility, visitors outside Saudi Arabia will be able to extend their unused visas.
Citizens of 20 countries, including Pakistan, whose Saudi visit visas were about to expire, will be able to extend them without any fee. This extension has been made on the instructions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Finance, has launched electronic services in this regard. Visitors abroad will be able to take advantage of electronic services free of charge.
The move is part of an effort to reduce the effects of precautionary measures against the deadly coronavirus, according to Saudi royal directives.
Earlier, the Saudi Passport Department began automatically extending the residency, visitor visas, and exit visas of foreigners abroad.
The Passport Department said that the residency, exit, and return visas and visit visas of those residing abroad will be extended to prevent the spread of Coronavirus on arrival and will be extended till July 31, 2021.
It may be recalled that earlier, residency, visit visas and departure promises of persons residing in the restricted countries were extended till June 2, 2021.