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Dubai: Saudi Arabia has announced the extension of the exit-return visa and visit visas for expatriates abroad for another three months for free.

King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz issued instructions to relevant authorities to extend the validity of expired exit and return visas for expatriate workers abroad for another three months for free.

According to the royal decree, visitors who have entered the Kingdom on visit visas before the suspension of international flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, will have their visas extended for three months. Also expatriates with a final exit visa will also have their visas extended for another three months.

The extension decision will be subject to continuous follow up when necessary.

Earlier the General Directorate of Saudi Passports (Jawazat) announced that holders of Saudi residency abroad will not be allowed to return to the Kingdom until after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

“No entry for expat residents until the end of the pandemic. Expatriate residents with exit and return visas cannot return before the end of the pandemic,”Jawazat said.