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Jeddah: The General Directorate of Passports in Saudi Arabia has informed that residents who left the country on re-entry visas and failed to return before the visa expiry will be barred from entering the country for a period of three years.
Though the rule already exists, it is crucial as many expats from India continue to stay in their native place due to Covid situation. Some Keralites have been staying here for over one-and-a-half years due to the travel ban.
The expats who return from Saudi Arabia ending their job contract can return to the same sponsor or another one on a fresh visa. However, on re-entry visa, those who fail to return before the visa expiry will not be allowed to enter Saudi for three years.
The General Directorate of Passports stated that the re-entry visa cannot be converted into exit visa, especially when the person is outside the country. But if the person is returning to the old sponsor on a fresh visa, the three-year ban is not applicable for them.
Also this rule is not applicable for people travelling on dependent visa. They can come back to Saudi on a fresh visa any time. If domestic workers who left the country on re-entry visa did not return, the General Directorate of Passports will remove them from the system six months after visa expiry.