The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has announced that exit and re-entry visas shall not be converted into a final exit visa while the beneficiary is outside the Kingdom.
The Jawazat further informed that expats who left the country on re-entry visas and failed to return before the visa expiry will be barred from entering the country for a period of three years.
However, there will be exemptions in the case of dependents as well as people who have obtained a new visa from their previous employer.
The expats who return from Saudi Arabia to end their job contract can return to the same sponsor or another one on a fresh visa.
However, on re-entry visas, those who fail to return before the visa expiry will not be allowed to enter Saudi for three years.
The General Directorate of Passports stated that the re-entry visa cannot be converted into an exit visa, especially when the person is outside the country.
But if the person is returning to the old sponsor on a fresh visa, the three-year ban is not applicable for them.
Also, this rule is not applicable for people traveling on dependent visas. They can come back to Saudi on a fresh visa at any time.
If domestic workers who left the country on a re-entry visa did not return, the General Directorate of Passports will remove them from the system six months after visa expiry.