Updated October 2023
Saudi Arabia issues various types of visas depending upon the purpose and duration of stay. The visit visa is often used by immediate family members of the legal residents or citizens of Saudi Arabia living outside of KSA to visit their families in the Kingdom.
However, the authority stated that a tourist visa residence period extension is no longer available, including for family visit visas (multiple or single entries). This differs from previous policies that allowed extensions for immediate family members of legal residents/citizens outside KSA.
Keep reading Wego’s article to know more about the Saudi visit visa extension.
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Saudi visit visa extension
The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism has recently declared that renewing visit visas to the Kingdom is impossible. This indicates that tourists cannot extend their visas and must depart from the country before their visa expires. In response to a user inquiry on Twitter, the Ministry of Tourism confirmed this new policy. It should be noted that any earlier information regarding extending or renewing visit visas is no longer valid due to this recent alteration.
Multiple entry family visit visa extension
The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) recently clarified that multiple-entry family visit visas can be extended electronically through the Absher platform seven days before expiration. Moreover, those who fail to leave the country and extend their visit visas will have to pay fines after three days from the expiry of their visa.
Single entry family visit visa extension
The authorities have also announced that the single-entry family visit visa can be extended through the applicant’s account on the Absher platform 7 days before the expiry date. However, the applicant will need valid medical insurance, and the total extended duration of the visit should not be more than 180 days. In case of difficulties in using the Absher platform, applicants can also submit their request to the Jawazat through its communication service on the Absher platform.
Saudi visit visa extension insurance
To get your Saudi visit visa extended, you’ll first need to obtain medical insurance covering the entire duration of the extension.
Health insurance coverage can be obtained through licensed insurance companies in the Kingdom, such as Tawuniya, Bupa, Medgulf, GulfUnion, Arabian Shield Cooperative Insurance, Arabia Cooperative Insurance, Al-Etihad Cooperative, Al-Sagr Cooperative Health Insurance, AXA Cooperative, Allied Cooperative Insurance Group (ACIG), Al- Rajhi Takaful, Walaa, and Saudi Enaya.
You can check the validity of your health insurance on Absher. Log into your Absher account and click “Inquiries” under “Family Members”. Select “Query Health Insurance.” Choose the family member to see the validity of their medical insurance.
Saudi visit visa extension cut-off period
The latest update indicates that the visa can only be extended up to its expiry date.