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Tue 15 Mar 2016 01:46 PM

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Saudi Arabia to impose $4,000 fine for visa expiries

Both visitors and sponsors are liable for fines if person outstays his visa, official says

Saudi Arabia to impose $4,000 fine for visa expiries
(Bloomberg)

Saudi Arabia plans to impose a SR15,000 ($4,000) fine on any worker or visitor who outstays his visa – and his sponsor, according to local media.

The ‘overstayer’, said Arab News, will be deported and prevented from entering the kingdom for three years from the date of his departure, while his sponsor will be prevented from travelling abroad for the same period of time.

General Sulaiman Al Suhaibani, director of passports for Riyadh governorate of Saudi Arabia, was quoted as saying that it is the sponsor’s duty to check the visitor has left before his visa expires, as remaining in the country on an expired visa is against the law.

The newspaper said visitors to the kingdom are normally allowed to remain for up to one month, but this can be extended on request made by the sponsor.

A visitor to the Kingdom is normally given a month’s entry visa. However, this can be extended at the sponsor’s request for a nominal fee.

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