An exit visa is a government-granted document permitting an individual to leave a nation.
Most worries about acquiring a visa are related to the entrance of a nation by a non-resident, and that individual’s right to work there or remain long term. However, some nations require exit visas also.
Understanding the Exit Visa
Nations that require U.S. residents to have exit visas include Belarus, Russia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Cuba had an exit visa prerequisite for U.S. residents however remove it in 2013.
- Some countries require an exit visa, however, it’s logical to check with the embassy or consult before traveling.
- An exit visa may be required as proof that taxes on domestic income have been paid by a foreign worker.
- The KSA immigration Department online site portal lists all visa requirements as well as other rules and risks of each country.
- Mostly, business visitors with commercial visas are required to get an exit visa before leaving so that the local government can verify that cost of income earned in the country has been paid.
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Let suppose, you are working in KSA on a working/employee visa and want to go back for some days but you can’t. Why? According to The Foreign Ministry of Saudi, you have to get an exit or re-entry visa. if you go out from KSA for some days you will have to get that. It seems a so-called visa policy made by the Saudi government. But as an expatriate, we have to follow this.
Every country on this earth makes its immigration rules and regulations friendly for others. But in the case of KSA, they have some strict rules and policies. Anyone will feel inconvenient when he hears about that.
One of the most important visa policies is the exit/re-entry visa for expatriates. When a worker starts his job, thinks that he can go back whenever he wants, but it is wrong. Any expatriate needs to get an exit/re-entry visa to go out from KSA and for coming back.
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The question is the big “Why”?
So, I am going to explain this in detail.
There are two types of exit/re-entry visas, one is a single entry for 30 das, and the second is a multiple entry visa valid for 6 months. When you get an exit/re-entry visa with a single entry and go out, after your coming back to KSA visa will be canceled automatically. And next time you will have to get a fresh visa for your next trip. Its cost is SR200 and 30 days time duration of visa starts from stamping on visa, you leave the Saudia according to date.
And in case of multiple re-entry/exit visas, you can go out and come back several times within a period of six months. Its cost is SR600 and the main advantage of this type of visa is you can go whenever you want, you just book your flight and go.
However, keep in mind that your sponsor will decide when you will go out and come back. In addition, sponsor consent is required that an exit/re-entry visa will be with single entry or multiple entries.
Most of the workers prefer to keep a multiple entry visa. If your signed contract says that you can go back on annual vacations and multiple visas are your requirement. You will pay the difference of SR300 to get it if your sponsor agrees. If the exit/re-entry visa expired and the person is outside, he will pay $100/per month for over-stay.
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- An original passport with 2 empty visa pages.
- Go to the official site https://enjazit.com.sa/, fill the application form, and make an online payment.
- A copy of valid residence permit and family registration with complete applicant’s information.
- A letter from the Saudi sponsor indicates the person is still employed and requesting for exit/re-entry visa.
Note: Same process for extension in exit/re-entry visa.
Most of the major companies in Saudi hire a government relations officer. His specific task is to make a smooth relation with the government regarding the visa process between the employee, host, and sponsor. So, in case of an emergency, you can keep in touch with him.
If you request urgent leaves, he will sign a declaration form certifying your employment and the hosts’ financial responsibility. According to that letter, you can go out for only 15 days. If you can’t come back, your visa will be canceled, and you may face many legal problems.
Three major airports have an official stationed of the Passport Department. You can find them 24/7 and 365 days a year. If you show them that letter, he will give you permission to leave the kingdom. But this is a single entry visa not multiple.
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I have worked for several years in Saudi Arabia as an expatriate. So I know how dificult it is to manage all the documents and formalities for a common worker in KSA. This is reason I started to write all these articles to help expats in KSA. I hope you enjoy my content.