A message along with an image has been in circulation in the social media these days which claims that the fee for family visit visa has been reduced to SR 300. I have been receiving many queries to give my opinion about this news.
Before jumping to any conclusion, let’s post-mortem the message and the visa copy so that even you can reach a conclusion yourself. The following are the wordings of the WhatsApp message which has been in circulation these days.
VIRAL WHATSAPP MESSAGE
SAUDI ARABIA REDUCES VISIT VISA FEES (FOR SINGLE ENTRY PERMIT WITH 90 DAYS STAY) FROM 02/05/2018 as follows;
THE REVISED VISA FEE + SERVICES CHARGES IN INDIAN RUPEES ARE: FOR EVERYONE WHO is UNDER 45 YEARS OF AGE IRS10,000/- AND FOR EVERYONE WHO is OVER 45 YEARS OF AGE IRS11,000/- (Including Insurance Amount) & The courier Will be changed Rs500/- extra
6 MONTH MULTIPLE: 10800/-+ Including Insurance and service charges (Excluding Courier charges) = RS12,500/-
1 YEAR MULTIPLE: 17900 + Including Insurance and service charges (Excluding Courier charges) = RS21,500/-
2 YEAR MULTIPLE: 25500 + Including Insurance & other service charges (Excluding Courier charges) RS30,000/-
Current Scenario: Currently, the fee for family visit visa is SR 2,000 per person if you are applying for the single entry visa. The visa is issued for a period of 90 days and Extension of Family Visit Visa is also made online for 90 days at a cost of SR 100.
1-We have tried to check this information from several sources. Etimad is the only authorized agent to process visas in Pakistan and they have denied this information. They are still charging SR 2,000 from family visit visa holders.
2-Saudi Gazette published on May 06, 2018 in the newspaper that the information related to the reduction in family visit visa fee is fake. However, within a few hours, they removed this news from their website. We have shared the news clip published in their newspaper below.
3-There has been no official announcement by the Saudi Government to deny or accept the fact that the family visit visa fee has been reduced.
Wrong Conclusion: All this information lead me to reach a wrong conclusion in the beginning that the family visit visa fee has not been reduced yet. However, many readers on this blog rectified my mistake and I am really thankful to them.
A-It seems that the fee for family visit visa has been reduced to only Indian nationals. One of our readers, Mr. Fareed has shared the picture which shows that the fee has been reduced only for Indian nationals.
B-Another reader of this blog, Mr. Adil Mohammed has shared a screenshot from the Enjaz website which shows that the fee has been reduced to $81.34 which is exactly SR 305.
C-There are several pictures of family visit visa circulating on social media where the fee for family visit visa has been stated as SR 305. We have uploaded one of those pictures for reference.
D-All the visa agents in Indian have been claiming that the fee for family visit visa has been reduced.
Conclusion: With all the information provided above, it is evident that the fee for family visit visa has been reduced from SR 2,000 to SR 305 for Indian Passport Holders. We have already provided a detail of Nationality Wise New Visit Visa Fee in Saudi Arabia.
The New Fee: They will just have to pay SR 305 for a single entry visa for 6 months, SR 455 for multiple entry visa for 6 months, SR 810 for multiple visa for 1 year and SR 1,110 for multiple entry visa for 2 years.