When you are going on vacations (خروج عودہ) from Saudi Arabia to back home you always decide how long you are going to be out of KSA. That’s why you always have to check that data of your visa expirations. As per Rules here one need to get an exit re-entry visa to come back. A sponsor or Kafeel always has the authority to process it. If you have family or other dependents then you can process their exit re-entry visa. But still, you cannot process this for your own visa.
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Exit Re-Entry Visa for Expats
During Exit Re-entry time your passport is active again. You cannot take Iqama with you back home country as per Saudi Laws. An exit reentry visa is issued this time. You enter in Saudi Arabia with a visa but again to exit and Re-enter you need to get another visa.
Exit Re-entry rules are strict for foreigners as hefty fine and/or penalties like a ban for three years whoever violates the rules & regulation.
This visa is not stamped on your passport but being controlled by an online system. You will just be informed by an SMS that your visa is active. You can print online if you like. It’s better to have a copy in case system is down on any airport.
Manual exit re-entry is also issued by Jawazat in special cases.
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Check Exit Re-Entry
You can check exit reentry from Jawazat or Jawazat Ministry of Interior (moi.gov.sa).
I will explain you through a simple procedure from where you can check in an easy way step by step;
Step – 1: Go to Eserve web Portal or click ESERVE
Step – 2: You will see the below screen.
- Iqama Number
- Visa Number
- Passport Number
- Date of Birth
- Iqama Expiry Date
- Visa Expiry Date
Step – 3: Once it is open you will see it is asking to chose the first and second value. When you will click on those dropdowns then you will see the options that I have shown in the picture.
Step – 4: In the first value option, you can put Iqama number and if you don’t have it then you can choose a visa number.
Step – 5: You have many options in the second value like you can see in the picture Date of Birth, Iqama Expiry Date, Visa Expiry Date, etc.
Step – 6: Once you fill both of the fields then press “Check”.
Step – 7: You will find the screen like below picture. Your name and more importantly that the days you can be out of Saudi Arabia is displayed. Make sure if you got offline exit reentry from Jawazat then your days will start from the same day you got the paper but in online your days will start once you exit from the Saudi Airport.
Step – 8: من تاريخ المغادرة means that your exit days will start count after you leave the KSA not the day you processed the exit re-entry. Take a print out and also save in your mobile. So when you are asked you can present it. Nowadays this is online everywhere but in case if the system is down or slow could be beneficial.
You are done here!
Types of Exit Re-Entry Visa
There are two types of Exit Re-entry visas name single and multiple exit re-entry visas. I am going to explain both in detail below;
Single | Exit Re-Entry
In this visa your sponsor allowed you to go back home and come back for one time only. After you are back in KSA this visa is no more active. Now, if you want to leave again then you have to do all the process again. But this can be for 1 month to one year until your Iqama is valid. Nowadays, a normal fee for the first two months is 200 SAR but it will increase 100 SAR if you want to extend it for one month means for three months. Same if you want to go for 4 months then add 100 SAR more means you have to pay 400 SAR to stay out of KSA for 4 months. For more extra months add more 100 SAR.
Multiple | Exit Re-Entry
If you want to avoid that restriction your you can get multiple visas where you can exit and re-enter anytime any day. This multiple visas you can get for a maximum of 6 months and you can make a number of entries as per your requirement.
This is a bit costly and not everyone can afford. This is mainly for consultants and high authority personals who are going to leave multiple time. But if you can afford you can get it but with the consent of Kafeel rule is applied here also.
Violation of Exit Re-Entry
As we have discussed there are strict consequences if anyone violates these rules like if you are on single exit re-entry then you have to come on a specified period of time that we call Visa Validity or Visa Expiry.
If you are unable to come back, then you are normally banned for three years from entering again for work in Saudi Arabia. Your kafeel can increase the time period if you have any proper reason like if you get a single re-entry visa for one month then he can increase it to three months after paying the extra fee. However, valid Aqama is must in order to apply for an extension of Exit Re-Entry Visa.
But if you have dependents that went back and are unable to come back within visa validity then their Iqama will be cancelled.
How to Extend Exit Re-Entry | Inside Kingdom
You can Extend or cancel exit re-entry for you dependents same your Sponsor can do it for you. The process is the same as below;
Step -1: Login to Absher account here Absher.sa
Step – 2: Select “Individuals” & Click on Services tab
Step -3: Now visit the Dependents section
Step -4: Go to Dependents Services
Step -5: Then go to “VISA Services”
Step -6: You will many options but click next.
Step -7: Cancel the previous and apply for a new one.
Note: Make sure to cancel the existing exit re-entry otherwise a hefty fine for 3000 SAR if the applicant is still in KSA.
How to Extend Exit Re-Entry | Out Kingdom
You can still apply if you are outside KSA and back home. But the condition is that you have to apply maximum within 30 days after its expiration. Others documents like Iqama and passport should be valid also. Just you need to contact the Saudi embassy or Saudi consulate in your home country.
Here is a list for the required documents to renew of Exit re-entry;
- Fresh Photo with a white background as we have in Saudi
- Visa Application Form
- Valid Passport 6 months before the expiration
- A letter from the sponsor company and must be attested by MOFA.
- Copy of Valid Iqama.
- Login to ENJAZIT
- Go to Apply for a visa to enter the Kingdom by individuals
- Fill an online visa application form for an exit re-entry visa
- Submit all the documents to the embassy.
After successful evaluation, they will issue you a new visa and you are good to go. Same is for your own dependents but this time you may be asked for Family verification documents.
I hope you can do it easily now. There is another method to check through Absher. I will try to cover in any day in a separate post. Just keep everything in check so that you can avoid any hassle as if you mingle this re-entry visa then things might be very difficult for you to get back to Saudi Arabia. If you stay more than this time period then you will get banned for a minimum of three years to enter again for work.
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