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Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
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27 Sep 2020 02:09:21 GMT9
27 Sep 2020 02:09:21 GMT9
  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.

The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.

Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.

The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of Saudi Arabia’s representations in the destination country.

In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.

The third group includes citizens living outside Saudi Arabia and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).

They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.

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