FAQs about New Visa Fee Changes taking effect from Oct 02, 2016

Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 08:57 pm

The Saudi government announced on 9th of August 2016 that they are going to increase visa fee for some categories of visas from Oct 02. 2016. Today, finally new visa fee has been implemented. Our readers from all over the world have been sending us details. I would like to thank Mr. Sheikh Naeem from Jubail who provided me with helpful information and below screenshots. So, finally, we have some information to share with you. In this article, we shall be providing information about how the changes have been implemented practically. If you want to know about the announcement made by the Saudi government in this regard, please follow this link.[irp]

Family Visit Visa: First of all, let’s talk about family visit visa. It has been published on the website of Etimad in Pakistan (Etimad is the only authorized agent by Saudi Embassy to process visas in Pakistan) that fee of family visit visa has been increased to PKR 58,600 i.e. around SR 2,000. In this way, it has been established that the new fee will be charged in your home country and not in Saudi Arabia.[irp]

Family Visit Visa Applications already submitted to MOFA: Many of our page members have reported that their applications for family visit visa to MOFA have been rejected today with the message you can see in the attached screenshot. They are asking to apply again with a new system. Right now, we are not sure about the new system but we will update it once our readers update us about it. You can refresh this page every now and then to know about the latest information we have about it. What we know that today they are not accepting any application.

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Permanent Family Visa: Good news as we were expecting is that there is no fee hike of SR 2,000 to the permanent family visa.  It is important to mention here that the fee to apply for Yellow paper is Saudi Arabia is already SR 2,000. So there is no need to pay another SR 2,000 in the respective countries to process a permanent family visa. Recommended: Apply for permanent family visa through Istiqdam[irp]

Is the fee charged per passport or per family? I know this question will be in minds of many people that if the fee is charged per passport or per family. Now we have concrete information in this regard. The fee of SR 2,000 is levied per passport. If you are applying for your wife and 2 kids, you will have to pay SR 6,000 in your home country.

Is the fee applied to nationals of all countries? No, visa fee is not applied to all nationalities. I am not sure about other nationalities but it is not applied to passport holders of the United States and the United Kingdom. Recommended: Nationality Wise New Visit Visa Fee in Saudi Arabia

Single Exit Re-Entry Visa: On 9th of August, Saudi Government had announced that the fee for single exit re-entry visa will be SR 200 for 2 months and SR 100 for each additional month.  Recommended: Procedure to Apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa Online

Multiple Exit Re-Entry Visa: On 9th of August, Saudi Government had announced that the fee for multiple exit re-entry visas will be SR 500 for 3 months and SR 200 for each additional month. Recommended: Procedure to Apply for Multiple Exit Re-Entry Visa

HUMBLE REQUEST: I would request you to share your experiences with us. I will try to update above article based upon that. I hope it will help thousands of expatriates living in Saudi Arabia.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.