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Updated 20 September 2022

A Saudi exit/re-entry visa is an essential document for beneficiaries who have family members or domestic workers outside KSA, and for employees wishing to go out of Saudi Arabia and return to the Kingdom within a stipulated time.

Please keep reading to find out more about Saudi Arabia’s exit/re-entry visa conditions, requirements, status check, price, extension and more.

Saudi exit/re-entry visas requirements

Before the Saudi exit/re-entry visa is issued, here are some prerequisites to be kept in mind:

  • The applicant is responsible for paying the visa fee.
  • Payment of all traffic violations for the individual, worker or employer will be issued.
  • The individual to whom the visa is to be issued must be present in Saudi Arabia when the visa is issued.
  • The validity of the passport of the individual for whom the visa is to be issued should be 60 days or more.
  • Validity of Iqama of the individual to whom the visa is to be issued.
  • The fingerprint of the individual to whom the visa is to be issued (for males and females between 15 years and older).
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For employees

The employees applying for a Saudi self exit/re-entry visa are required to have an Iqama validity of 3 months in addition to the visa duration. Please note that the maximum visa validity for a Saudi self exit/re-entry visa is 30 days.

For dependents

The following are the conditions and requirements for applying for a Saudi exit/re-entry visa for dependents:

  • Passport validity of three months, beyond the period of the visa.
  • The Iqama Validity should be equal to or greater than the Visa duration + 90 days, for the “duration in days” option for Single ER Visa.
  • Exit/re-entry visa can be issued for a maximum of 7 days before the Iqama expiry date.
  • No unpaid violation.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa application process

The Saudi exit/re-entry visa can be applied both by the employees themselves or by their dependents

Applying for Saudi self exit/re-entry visa – employees

The Saudi self exit/re-entry visa can only be applied by the employees after following the steps given below:

  • Log in to your Absher account.
  • Select “Services” from the “My Services” menu.
  • Select the option of “Passports“
  • Click on “Visa Requests“, followed by “Create Visa Request.”
  • Select the Request Type as “Exit Re-Entry Visa (Single)“
  • In the “Return Before“ section, enter the required number of days. (Maximum 30 days)
  • Acknowledge the agreement by ticking it.
  • Select “Next“, and click on “Confirm” to complete your visa request.

Once the request is completed, the individual has to wait for at least ten days. After ten days, individuals will have a five-day period starting from the eleventh day to issue the exit re-entry visa before its expiry. Make sure to pay the required fees and issue the visa.

However, if the employer of the individual objects, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development will study and make a decision within ten days of the visa application date.

Applying for Saudi exit/re-entry visa – dependents

The Saudi self exit/re-entry visa can be applied for dependents by following the steps given below:

  • Log in to your Absher account.
  • Select “Services” from the “Family Members” menu.
  • Select “Visa Services” from the options displayed below.
  • Click on “Next” to proceed further.
  • Select the Dependent from the “More Details” option.
  • Click on “Issue Visa”, and agree to the terms and conditions displayed on the screen.
  • Select “OK” to proceed with the issuance of the exit/re-entry visa
  • At this stage, you can select whether you want to apply for a “Single or Multiple exit/re-entry visa”.
  • Then, make sure to apply for the same period for which you have paid the visa fee.
  • Click on the “Confirm” button to issue the visa.
  • You can take a printout or download the exit/re-entry visa from the “Print” option given below on the screen.

Please note that the visa holder has to travel within three months of the visa being issued. If they fail to do so, they might be charged with a fine.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa status online check

To online check the status of your Saudi exit/re-entry visa follow the steps given below:

  • Click on the link given here.
  • Log in to the Absher platform.
  • Log in to “Guaranteed Services”.
  • Click on “Inquiries”, followed by “Exit and Return Visa Status”.
  • The visa details will appear to you.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa muqeem

In case you cannot access the Absher account, follow the steps given below to check your exit/re-entry visa status:

  • Open the Muqeem website.
  • Enter your “Iqama Number” or the “Visa Number”.
  • Crossmatch by selecting any of the given options like:
    • Visa Number
    • Passport Number
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Iqama Expiry Date
    • Visa Expiry Date
  • Click on “Check”, to view the status of your Saudi exit/re-entry visa.

Please make sure to take a screenshot of your visa status or take a printout of the visa to show it to the immigration officer.

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Saudi exit/re-entry visa print out process

Please note that a printout of the Saudi exit/re-entry visa is only required when applying for dependents, to be able to show it to the Immigration authorities outside KSA. Existing employees in the KSA, applying for a Saudi exit/re-entry visa do not need a printout of the visa:

To print the Saudi exit/re-entry visa for the dependents, follow the steps given below:

  • Log in to your Absher account.
  • Select “Services” from the “Family Members” menu.
  • Select “Visa Services” from the options displayed below.
  • Click on “Next” to proceed further.
  • Select the Dependent from the “More Details” option.
  • A drop-down tab will appear with the options “Print Visa” and “Cancel Visa”. Select the “Print Visa” option to take a printout of the visa.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa cost

Please note that the fee paid for the issuance of a Saudi exit/re-entry visa is non-refundable, once the visa has been issued.

Single exit/re-entry visa

The visa fee for the Saudi single exit/re-entry visa for a maximum period of two months is 200 SAR (53.21 USD).

A fee of 100 SAR will be added for each extra month after the first two months, till the date of Iqama expiry. Please note that one month will be counted as 30 days, whereas, 31 to 60 days will be counted as two months for the Saudi exit/re-entry visa, in case of a fee.

Multiple exit/re-entry visa

The visa fee for the Saudi multiple exit/re-entry visa for a maximum period of three months is 500 SAR (133.26 USD).

A fee of 200 SAR will be added for each extra month after the first three months, till the date of the Iqama expiry.

Saudi exit/re-entry visas validity

  • The Single Exit/Re-entry visa allows individuals to exit and then re-enter Saudi Arabia once within its validity. (Maximum 30 days).
  • Multiple Exit/Re-entry visa allows individuals to exit and then re-enter Saudi Arabia as many times as they want, within its validity.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa extension

For dependents

Individuals holding valid residency cards (Iqama) may apply to extend their dependents’ exit re-entry visas if they have expired, provided they meet the requirements given below:

  • Iqama should be valid for more than 90 days.
  • The exit/re-entry visa should not have expired for more than 7 months.
  • Payment of the exit/re-entry visa extension fee.
  • The dependent is outside Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi exit/re-entry visa for dependents by following the steps given below:

  • Log in to your Absher account.
  • Select “Services” from the “Family Members” menu.
  • Select “Visa Services” from the options displayed below.
  • Click on “Next” to proceed further.
  • Select the “dependent”, and click on the “Extend Exit Re-Entry Visa” option.
  • Click on the “Confirm” button on the new page.

Please note that you cannot extend a Saudi exit/re-entry visa for family members who are living inside the KSA.

For expatriates

Expatriates will need a valid exit/re-entry visa and iqama to renter the Kingdom. The exit/re-entry visa for those outside the KSA can be extended electronically after paying the fees through the SADAD service of the employer’s Absher or Muqeem electronic platforms.

Saudi exit/re-entry visa violation

If the beneficiary is outside Saudi Arabia, it is not allowed to convert an exit/re-entry visa into a final exit visa. As stated by the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) expatriates who left Saudi Arabia with a Saudi exit and re-entry visa and did not return within the specific period, will be banned from entering the Kingdom for 3 years.

The authorities additionally stated that the employer must issue a new visa if the expatriate did not return within the period specified in the visa. The phrase “exited and did not return” will be recorded for any expatriate, who had issued an exit/re-entry visa, automatically after 2 (two) months from the Saudi exit/re-entry visa’s expiry date.

Moreover, the Jawazat also stated that it is no longer required to visit the Passport Department, as it was previously, to register that the expatriate has left and not returned. The period of the entry ban will be calculated from the date of expiry of the Saudi exit/re-entry visa and will be based on the Hijri calendar.

Please note that the Saudi entry ban for 3 years does not include dependents and those accompanying them.

How to cancel my Saudi exit/re-entry visa?

Please note that there will be no cancellation fee for an exit/re-entry visa. However, you have to cancel the visa before its expiry of 90 days and the “Exit Before date” mentioned on the visa.

To cancel the Saudi exit/re-entry visa for the dependents, follow the steps given below:

  • Log in to your Absher account.
  • Select “Services” from the “Family Members” menu.
  • Select “Visa Services” from the options displayed below.
  • Click on “Next” to proceed further.
  • Select the Dependent from the “More Details” option.
  • A drop-down tab will appear with the options “Print Visa” and “Cancel Visa”. Select the “Cancel Visa” option.
  • Click on “Confirm” to cancel your visa.

If you do not travel or cancel the visa within the stipulated time, the following penalty fee will be imposed:

  • First instance – 1,000 SAR (266.55 USD)
  • Second instance – 2,000 SAR (533.10 USD)
  • Third instance – 3,000 SAR (799.65 USD)

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