The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) restated that expatriates who left Saudi Arabia on an exit re-entry visa and did not return within their visa validity will face a three-year ban.
Expats will be Blacklisted who Fail to Return on Exit re-entry Visas
Jawazat clarified that “those expatriates who left the kingdom on exit re-entry visas and did not return before their visas’ expiry are not allowed to re-enter the Kingdom for a period of three years.”
However, this does not apply to those returning to the same employer with a new work visa.
The 3-year ban for not coming back on an exit re-entry visa is not applicable to expats holding dependent Iqama in Saudi Arabia. You can always apply for a permanent family visa or a family visit visa for them.
Can we enter Saudi Arabia on a new type of Visa?
The 3-year ban for violating exit reentry visa rules stops a working expat from entering Saudi Arabia on certain types of visas;
- Work Visa: Not Allowed.
- Hajj Visa: Allowed.
- Umrah Visa: Allowed.
- Permanent Family Visa: Not Allowed.
- Family Visit Visa: Not Allowed.
This clarification came in response to a query from an expatriate wanting to return to the kingdom after leaving the country years ago on an exit and re-entry visa and did not return before the visa expiry.