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France waives visa requirement for select Saudi nationals

'Special' Saudi passport holders will no longer require French visa for short stays

France waives visa requirement for select Saudi nationals

Holders of ‘special’ Saudi Arabian passports will no longer require a visa to enter France if their stay is less than 90 days, the French Embassy in Riyadh has announced.

In a statement on its website on Monday, the embassy said that, from April 1, Saudi special passports holders are exempted from visa to enter France if the stay is less than 90 days.

“Therefore, the French embassy will no longer issue Schengen short stay visas on such passports.

“In case you need a Schengen visa to visit another Schengen country, you are requested to submit your visa application to the concerned embassy.”

Special passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are issued to citizens of certain categories, such as diplomats and others who enjoy other advantages with regards visas and entry at international airports.

The kingdom and France have pledged to take measures to boost bilaterial trade between the two countries. There are already around 80 French companies operating in Saudi Arabia and around 194 projects owned or part-owned by French companies, according to reports.

In 2016, Saudi citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 69 countries and territories, according to official figures.