A message along with an image has been in circulation in the social media these days which claims that the fee for the Saudi visit visa for Pakistanis has been reduced to SR 338. I have been receiving many queries to give my opinion about this news.
The WhatsApp Message regarding Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistanis
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presents its compliments to all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This is to state that the Kingdom has approved on applying the principle of reciprocity with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in respect of Saudi Visit Visa fee. The new fee would be as follows;
- SR 338 for a single-entry visa
- SR 675 for a multiple entry visa
The decision will be implemented starting from Friday, corresponding to the 15th of Feb 2019.
Source: This is just a WhatsApp message and it is written on the message itself that it is an unofficial translation. However, it can be guessed from the language used in the letter that it does not seem to be fake.
A Facebook Post regarding reduction in visit visa fee for Pakistanis
In addition to the above WhatsApp message, the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh has also posted on its official Facebook page that the Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistanis has been reduced. This is the message they have posted.
VISIT VISA FEE: Saudi government has decided to reduce the Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistani citizens. Refer to the website of visa services for more details.
A Press release by the Saudi Embassy in Pakistan
A press release has also been issued by the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad which reads as follows.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad is pleased to announce that the approval has been issued for the reduction of Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistanis brothers with the effect of February 15, 2019. The fee will be as follows;
- Visit Visa for Single Entry: Reduced from SR 2,000 to SR 338 only which is equivalent to USD 90.
- Visit Visa for Multiple Entry: Reduced from SR 3,000 to SR 675 only which is equivalent to USD 180.
Has the Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistanis reduced to SR 338?
After considering all the information stated above, we can conclude that finally there is some good news for Pakistani nationals living in Saudi Arabia.
They would be paying only SR 338 to process single entry visit visa and SR 675 to process a multiple entry visit visa for 6 months. The current fee for a single entry visit visa is SR 2000 and a multiple entry visa for a period of 6 months costs SR 3,000.