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In order to get a single or multiple exit reentry visa in Saudi Arabia, you need to pay the fee according to visa validity, follow the rules and apply before iqama expiry (within validity). We have explained in detail the procedure which you need to follow to issue the visa in this post.
What is an exit reentry visa?
In order to leave the country on a temporary basis, every resident of Saudi Arabia needs permission from the sponsor. This permission is called an exit reentry visa. In the case of employees, the sponsor is the employer while in the case of dependents, the sponsor is the head of the family. Exit Reentry is also called خروج وعودة or Khurooj Auda in Arabic.
Iqama and passport validity
Iqama Validity for Exit reentry Visa
Recently, Jawazat has reduced the minimum Iqama validity to get an exit-reentry visa in Saudi Arabia. According to the latest exit reentry visa rules, the minimum iqama validity to apply for a visa in Saudi Arabia is 7 days. In other words, you can get an exit re-entry visa valid until 7 days before the iqama expiry.
Passport Validity for exit reentry visa
The minimum validity to apply for the exit reentry visa in Saudi Arabia is 3 months in addition to the period of the visa. Let's say, if you are applying for an exit reentry visa for 2 months, your passport should be valid for a period of at least 5 months.
Exit Reentry visa fees
The first step to applying for a single entry or multiple entry exit reentry visa is to pay the fee online. If you don’t pay the fee, a message will appear that you don’t have sufficient funds. Recommended: How to pay exit reentry visa fee online?
Get an Exit reentry visa in Saudi Arabia
First of all, you must have an activated Absher account to get an exit reentry visa for your family in Saudi Arabia. If you don’t have an account, create an account at this link.
Once the account is created, you need to login to it by entering your userID or Iqama number, password and the captcha code to get an exit reentry visa for your family in Saudi Arabia. An SMS will be sent to your mobile number with an authentication code that you need to enter the next screen. https://absher.sa
After the login, you need to click on the dashboard icon on the top right of the page beside your picture.
After opening the dashboard, the next step is to locate the “Dependents” tab in it. Once you find the “Family Members” tab, just click on the “More Details” button as shown in the below screenshot to issue an exit reentry visa.
In the next step to get an exit reentry visa in Saudi Arabia, a new window will appear on your computer screen containing details of all your dependents and family members. You need to locate the family member for which you want to issue an Exit reentry 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 an exit reentry visa. In order to proceed, click on the “Issue Visa” button.
In the next step to get an exit-reentry visa in Saudi Arabia, a new screen will appear containing terms and conditions of the exit reentry visa. You need to agree to the terms and conditions stated here. We have explained these terms below;
- The visa holder will have to travel within 3 months of issuing the visa. If he does not travel, a fine will be imposed.
- If your program of leaving Saudi Arabia changes in the future, you should cancel your exit reentry visa. There is no charge of canceling exit reentry 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 Absher website. In such a case, you can update the passport details online very easily. Recommended: How to update passport in Absher?
Single or Multiple
At this stage, you can select either you want to apply for a single or a multiple exit reentry visa. Make sure you apply for the same visa for which you have paid the fee.
Exit reentry visa duration or validity
There are two options to get an exit-reentry visa in Saudi Arabia; you can either select the duration, validity or the date before which the traveler must come back. We would suggest here that you select the second option which is “Duration”.
- According to Exit Reentry visa rules, you need to come back to Saudi Arabia at least 7 days before the iqama expiry.
- Hence, the maximum validity or duration for which you can get an exit-reentry visa in Saudi Arabia is 7 days before the iqama expiry date.
- An exit reentry visa can be applied for a period of a maximum of 12 months.
Print an exit reentry visa
Although it is not required to print a visa since no one at the Saudi airports checking it these days, you should always take a hard copy along with the passport as you might have to present it while coming back to Saudi Arabia.
If you don't have the hard copy, you can check the status of the exit reentry visa online and show it to the immigration officer if you have internet access on your mobile phone. Recommended: Check Status of Exit reentry Visa Online
This video guide explains the step by step procedure to get an exit reentry visa in Saudi Arabia.
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