04 December Friday

Bahrain extends visit visas; and Saudi exit visas

Anas YassinUpdated: Sunday Oct 18, 2020

 Manama: Bahrain has decided to re-extend the validity of all types of visit visas until January 21, 2021 with fee exemption to all visitors, Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced on Saturday.

The move is in line with the directives of the Government Executive Committee.

The NPRA will automatically carry out the extension process without the need to apply for the renewal through the e-visa website

The service allows visitors to correct their residency situation and facilitate their departure in case of the availability of flights to their countries due to the extraordinary global situation resulting from the coronavirus, NPRA said in a statement. It is also part of a host of procedures taken previously to support citizens and residents in light of such extraordinary situations.

The NPRA has provided facilities to visitors and residents in Bahrain since the beginning of the pandemic through extending the validity of residency permits and visas for foreigners in Bahrain without paying the administration fees for a humanitarian reason as part of the national efforts against the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has extended the validity of final exit visas for expatriates until October 31 free of charge, the official news agency SPA reported.

In compliance with directives from King Salman, Saudi General Directorate of Passports has embarked on the automatic extension of those visas, the report added. Around 28,884 such visas have been extended so far, according to SPA.

The extension has been carried out automatically. So, expiates no need to show up in person at the offices of the General Directorate of Passports.

Thousands of expats were stranded in Saudi after it suspended international flights in March to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The move is part of the Saudi government’s efforts to handle impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic while complying with precautions against the virus.