Sale Period: 3 January 2017 to 9 January 2017
Travel Period: 3 January 2017 to 31 May 2017
Last week on Thursday, during budget announcement, a new fee has been approved which will be applicable on dependents of expats living in Saudi Arabia. In the budget, the fee for Iqama renewal has also been increased. These changes will come into effect from 1st July, 2017. Continue reading
MANDATORY MEDICAL INSURANCE As mandated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia, all Applicants travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are required to obtain a Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) approved Medical Insurance Certificate from the Visa Application Centre. The cost of the insurance is generated upon receiving the application and has to be paid at the time of the appointment.
As the news of new visa fee structure was circulating the Saudi media & expatriate community for quite some time now. Today, on 2nd October 2016, affecting immediately, the fees has been applied. Etimad Pakistan, company dealing with stamping of visa, has updated the new fee structure on their website. As so many Pakistani settled in Saudi Arabia, call their loved ones to kingdom on visit visas each year, so this news of increase in visa fee is substantially important for the audience.
As it was stated that 1st Muharram i.e. 2nd October, 2016 will be the starting date of application of new visa fees, so as the first thing in morning, I turned towards Etimad Pakistan website to check the status and I found this:
So, from now on for Family visit visa (for each person), you will have to pay 62,921 PKR (Pakistani Rupees) for a normal package and 67,680 PKR for a lounge package. Earlier the normal stamping cost was 10,000 PKR and 15,000 PKR for lounge package. The visa fee applicable to both packages for family visit will be 58,600 PKR which is almost 10 times of the previous fee (5,870 PKR).
IMPORTANT NOTICE- In effect from 01 Muharram, 1438 corresponding to 02 October, 2016. As per the instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invitation letters dated prior to Sunday, 02 October 2016 will not be accepted for processing new visa requests. Travelers are requested to obtain a new invitation letter to process their applications. Invitation letter is mandatory for application processing.
Following are the highlights of the applied changes related to visa for KSA:
Visa applications submitted from 17th October, 2106 will have to get a Medical Insurance Certificate from Visa Application Center i.e. Etimad Office. Earlier it was said that the fee for medical insurance will be USD 254 (approximately 1000 SAR). But our reader Mr. Usman Sheikh has confirmed that he had paid 3,500 PKR (approximately 125 SAR) for medical insurance.
Complete detail of medical Insurance can be found in this VisaTermsAndConditions document.
One of our reader Mr. Nauman inquired from Etimad regarding the medical insurance fee and following is their reply:
Dear Sir, Insurance fee calculation is on daily base offering rate, age of applicant, time span of visa and other factors. We cannot give an exact amount, it can be between 6,000 to 30,000 PKR per passport. Regards Etimad Team.
Please note, no other medical insurance certificate will be acceptable.
There is no doubt that Riyadh is full of burger joints. You will probably find a burger joint at every corner in the city. Hamburgini is one of those burger joints which have the reputation of being the cheapest but delicious. Have you ever heard of a burger that costs only 9 SAR. Yes, Hamburgini offers a beef burger for just 9 SAR. Continue reading
Riyadh is a place where you need to put your great efforts to explore the places where you can spend quality time with your family and friends except the boundaries of luxurious malls. People usually get very few places in Riyadh where they can find themselves closer to nature and inhale quality oxygen. Lately after search on internet, we explored the Park named King Abdullah Park in Malaz Area and it turned out to be one of the best finds for open area in the kingdom. Continue reading
Hajj for year 1437 is just 1 month away. Last week on 1st Dhul Qadah, “Ministry of Hajj & Umrah” started the booking of Hajj for the locals (Saudi Nationals & Foreign Residents i.e. Iqama Holders). This is the second year that the booking for Hajj packages is being done online. Earlier it was all manual process, one had to first find a few agents and then compare the packages himself. It was time consuming and required a lot of effort. But the things have changed from last year. Now the booking process is fully automated and the booking can be done quiet quickly and with a lot ease. Continue reading
Couple of months ago, a campaign was started in KSA to bio-metrically verify all the SIM cards (Voice & Data) by linking it to the fingerprint of the owner. In the first phase an individual having a prepaid SIM (Voice & Data) had to visit the service provider (such as, STC, Mobily & Zain) customer care office to manually give the fingerprint. Continue reading
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