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Updated July 2024

As part of the goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030 and the ongoing digital transformation process, the Saudi government has introduced an electronic version of the passport known as the Saudi e-passport.

The move towards e-passports is part of the Saudi government’s efforts to increase security and reduce the potential for passport fraud. Additionally, it also aligns with international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Read this Wego article to learn more about the Saudi e-passport and how to obtain one.

Saudi e-passport

The Saudi e-passport is a passport that contains an electronic chip embedded within the cover. The chip allows the e-passport to store the passport holder’s biographic and biometric information, such as a digital photograph, name, date of birth, fingerprints and signature.

The next-generation travel document allows for the implementation of biometric technology, which allows for more secure and efficient identification. The Saudi e-passport can be verified and scanned at smart gates at international borders.

The Saudi e-passport is also decorated with the Kingdom’s most famous historical and cultural landmarks, watermarked into its pages.

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Saudi e-passport eligibility

Generally speaking, any citizen of Saudi Arabia who is 18 years of age or older is eligible to apply for a Saudi e-passport.

Saudi e-passport issuance

Saudi citizens who intend to obtain the e-passport may simply take the steps below:

  • visit the Absher portal
  • register for an Absher account: If you don’t have an account, you will need to register for one using your national ID number
  • log in to your Absher account and select ‘Citizens’ from the homepage.
  • select the “Passport Services” tab. Once logged in, you will be able to access the various passport-related services available
  • fill out the application form: You will need to fill out the online application form, providing the required information and uploading the necessary documents
  • pay the fee: You will need to pay the passport fee online, which can vary depending on the type of passport you are applying for and the duration of its validity.

All procedures are carried out electronically through the platform Absher. The passport will be delivered through shipment to the registered address on the Absher platform.

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Saudi e-passport requirements

Additionally, the following requirements must be met for the issuance of a Saudi e-passport:

  • payment of any traffic violations (if any)
  • the applicant’s fingerprint and photo
  • the applicant must be present in the Kingdom during the request for issuance
  • the applicant’s Iqama ID

Saudi e-passport processing time

The applicants will be able to receive their passports within 3-5 working days after submitting the request through shipment.

Saudi e-passport validity

Applicants who are over the age of 20 have the option to choose between a 5 or 10-year passport. Those who are under 20 years of age are only allowed to apply for a 5-year passport.

Saudi e-passport cost

The price of the issuance and the renewal of the e-passport is the same as the price of the conventional passport. The issuance cost for a 5-year Saudi e-passport is SR 300, while a fee of SR 600 will be charged for the issuance of a 10-year Saudi e-passport.

If you wish to learn more about the issuance process or lodge a complaint, you can reach out to the following:

Saudi e-passport renewal

Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports has introduced an e-passport renewal service via the Absher platform for passports valid for twelve months or less. Previously, passports needed a minimum of six months validity for renewal. Citizens with passports valid for over 12 months due to specific needs, like scholarships or work, must make an appointment at regional offices and provide supporting documents. Passports can be used for travel up to three months before expiry for Arab countries and six months for others. 

Here are the steps you can follow to renew your Saudi passport:

  • login to the Absher portal
  • go to “My Services”
  • select “Passports”
  • select “Renew Saudi Passport”
  • select the name of the person whose passport you want to renew
  • select the name of the person whose passport you want to renew
  • pay the required fees
  • hand over your old passport to receive the new one through  the ‘Wasel’ service offered by the Saudi Post



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