The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has announced that exit and re-entry visas will not be converted into final exit visas while the beneficiary is out of state.

Jawazat further stated that expatriates who left the country on re-entry visa and failed to return before the expiry of the visa would be barred from entering the country for a period of three years.

But, there will be exemption in case of dependents as well as those who have obtained fresh visa from their previous employer.

Expatriates who return from Saudi Arabia to terminate their job contract can return on a new visa to the same sponsor or another.

However, on re-entry visas, those who fail to return before the visa expires will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom for three years.

The General Directorate of Passports said that the re-entry visa cannot be converted into an exit visa, especially when the person is out of the country, But if the person is returning to the old sponsor on a new visa, the three-year ban does not apply to them.

Also, this rule does not apply to people travelling on dependent visas. They can come back to Saudi at any time on a new visa. If domestic workers who leave the country on a re-entry visa do not return, the Directorate General of Passports will remove them from the system six months after their visa expiration.

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