Many of the readers are interested in the formalities pertaining to Exit / Re-entry visa into the kingdom. This has been covered earlier in this blog. This post is to give information on a different kind of exit / re-entry visa. This one is called " Emergency Exit / Re-entry visa ".
As the name implies, this visa is issued only on extreme emergencies. Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia usually have a multiple exit / re-entry visa with them just to cover such emergencies. In the unfortunate event of you not having such a multiple visa, you would be under severe mental tension. Please note that Thursdays and Fridays are Government holidays in the kingdom. Also, the passport offices are closed for rather long stretches of time twice a year - 2 weeks for Eid Al-Fitr and 2 weeks for Eid Al-Adha. If you do not have a multiple visa and you are caught in an emergency situation on such days where you have to necessarily leave the kingdom immediately, there is a special provision called emergency exit / re-entry visa.
There is an officer of the Saudi Government's Passport Department stationed 24 hours in all the 3 international airports of the kingdom. His job is to issue such emergency visas. However, there is a catch. This visa is issued only for 15 days. This means that you have to re-enter the kingdom with 15 days from the date of departure, otherwise your visa would be cancelled. Also, for issuing such an emergency visa, your sponsor or the Government Relations Officer of your company must personally come to the airport with you and sign a declaration form, without which this visa would not be issued.
Usually, every company in Saudi Arabia has a liaison officer called 'Government Relations Officer'. His job is to interact with all governmental work concerning the employees in his company. Make sure that you have his phone number with you all the time. In case this man is on leave or on vacation, then ensure that you have his deputy's number.
Of course, the safest way out is to have a multiple visa, but this procedure is for those who do not have one.
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