The resident identity cards (iqama) of expatriates in Saudi Arabia will be automatically extended for three months at no extra charge, the General Directorate of Passports has announced.
The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has begun renewing residency permits (iqama) for all expatriates for a period of three months free of charge, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
It applies to private-sector workers whose cards expired on or after March 18, and until June 30, whether they are currently in the Kingdom or not. The affected individuals will be notified of the extension by text message.
The decision is the latest effort by the Saudi government to address the financial and economic disruption caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.