Authorities have said that those who visit home on re-entry visa and fail to return before the visa expiry will be barred from entering Saudi Arabia for three years.
Though the rule already exists, it is crucial as many expats from India & other 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 ban is on entering Saudi on a new visa under a different sponsor. Entry will be allowed on a new visa of the old sponsor. The re-entry visa can be renewed online.
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
In the wake of the Covid pandemic, the validity of all visas was extended till November 30. The ban is for those who do not make use of these opportunities. The authorities also said that the re-entry visa cannot be converted to an exit visa.