If somebody asks about the most beneficial step taken by the Saudi Arabian government for the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia, it is the introduction of electronic systems in the government departments.
Now everyone has access electronically to their accounts through which they can make applications online and check the online status of their applications. Earlier, it used to take at least one day to apply for exit re-entry visa as you had to visit Jawazat office.
We have explained step by step process of applying for exit and re-entry visa online.
Open account for Abshir Services in Ministry of Interior website. We have already explained the procedure to open the account for Abshir Services in one article “Register for Abshir Services“
You need to deposit the fee of exit re-entry visa. Now the process of payment of the fee for exit re-entry visa has become very easy. Detailed process has been explained in this article, “Payment of Fee for Exit Re-Entry Visa“.
The fee for the exit re-entry visa is SR 200 for up to 2 months and SR 100 for each additional month. The fee for exit re-entry visa of 7 months is SR 700.
At this point in time, you will have to pay the dependent's fee. If you don’t pay the fee, a message will appear that you don’t have sufficient funds even if you have paid the fee for exit re-entry visa.
We have explained the procedure to pay the dependent’s fee in this link. However, there is no need to pay dependent's fee for the head of the family exit re-entry visa. Your sponsor can issue your exit re-entry visa without payment of your dependent's fee. Recommended: Procedure to pay Dependent’s Fee for Iqama Renewal
Login to your Abshir account on Ministry of Interior website and click on the “Dashboard” tab on the upper side of the screen
The dashboard on your MOI account will be opened. Now you need to locate “Dependents” tab in it. Once you find “dependents” tab, just click on the “More Details” button as shown in the below screenshot.
A new window will appear on your computer screen containing details of all your dependents. You need to locate the dependent for which you want to apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa. Once you are there, just click on the “More Detail” as shown in the below screenshot.
A drop down screen will appear containing details of the dependent. You can see if Passport Deposit is appearing there. If it is not appearing, you cannot proceed to issue exit re-entry visa. Click on the “Issue Visa” button
A new screen will appear containing terms and conditions of the exit re-entry visa. You need to agree to the terms and conditions stated here. We have explained these terms below;
- Visa holder will have to travel within 3 months of issuing the visa. If he does not travel, a fine will be imposed. So, if your program of going abroad is changed, you should cancel your exit re-entry visa. There is no charge of canceling exit re-entry visa. However, if you don’t cancel it within the validity of the visa, a fine of SR 1,000 is imposed.
- If your family member has renewed the passport, new passport details would not be appearing on the MOI website. In such case, you need to contact Mandoob of your company to do “Naqal Maloomat” (Information Transfer)
- If a mother has some children under her passport, all the children will also have to travel.
- The passport must be valid for at least 3 months at the time of applying for exit re-entry visa.
There are two options; you can either select the number of days or the date before which the traveler must come back. We would suggest here that you select the second option which is “Return before”.
The date which you will enter here will be 1 days before the date of expiry of Iqama. It will give you maximum time. If all the details mentioned are correct, you can confirm the issuance of exit re-entry visa.
You can see in the attached screenshot that the amount of exit re-entry visa for 2 months is SR 1,170. i.e. SR 970 for Dependent's fee and SR 200 for exit re-entry visa for 60 days.
Although it is not required to print visa since no one on the Saudi airports demand it. But you should take a hard copy along with passport. If you don’t carry the hard copy, you may have to face some problems while coming back from your country.
Immigration officers in your country may ask for the hard copy. However, you can check the status of exit re-entry visa online and show it to immigration officer if you have internet access on your mobile phone. Recommended: Check Status of Exit Re-Entry Visa Online
Important Conditions to Apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa Online
- Sponsor and Dependents status should not be dead, reported as absent or has Istiqdam violation
- All traffic violations against Dependents or sponsor must be paid.
- Sponsor or Dependents does not have any earlier issued Visa cancellation penalty
- Dependents have no (Previous) Valid Visas
- Dependents should be present in the Kingdom at the time of issuance of ER Visa
- Dependents Passport Validity should be equal or greater than 90 days
- Return before date can be same or less than the Iqama expiry date
- Iqama validity should be equal or greater than (Visa duration +90 days) for “duration in days option “
- In the case of “Return date option” the selected date is the last date of return to Saudi Arabia.
- The Gregorian date will be considered if there is a difference with Hijri Date.
- Fingerprint Enrollment status should be present for all Male Dependents above the age of 18