Saudi Arabia Unveils New e-Services for Expats and Visitors

Living in Saudi Arabia as an expat just got easier! The General Directorate of Passports has launched a suite of new e-services, allowing you to report lost documents, amend visa information, extend visas electronically, and more - all through the Absher and Muqeem portals.
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In a bid to bolster its digital transformation efforts, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports has rolled out new electronic services tailored for expatriates and travellers.

The latest offerings, accessible through the Interior Ministry’s Absher and Muqeem portals, aim to streamline administrative processes and enhance convenience for foreign residents within the kingdom.

Reporting Made Easy

One of the key features is the ability to report lost or stolen passports, residency permits, and even visitor’s digital documents electronically through the Absher and Muqeem portals. This eliminates the need for in-person visits and expedites the resolution process.

Enhanced Accuracy and Control

Expats can now amend their translated names and visa information directly through the portals, ensuring accuracy and streamlined management of their documentation. Additionally, they can manage employer notices electronically, further reducing administrative burden.

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Increased Flexibility for Travellers

Exit/re-entry visa holders now have the flexibility to return to the Kingdom until the last day of their valid visas, offering greater travel freedom. Moreover, they can conveniently extend their visas electronically while outside Saudi Arabia, eliminating the need for physical presence.

Digital Transformation at Its Core

This initiative underscores Saudi Arabia’s commitment to digitalization. Driven by the global pandemic and Vision 2030, the Kingdom has been actively embracing technology to improve government services and citizen experiences.

Absher: A Hub for Convenience

Launched in 2013, the Absher platform has become a central hub for both citizens and residents to access a wide range of government services. From job applications to ID renewals, the platform’s scope continues to expand, making everyday tasks more efficient and accessible.

Benefits for All

These new e-services provide significant benefits for both expats and the government. Expats enjoy greater convenience, efficiency, and flexibility, while the government streamlines processes, reduces paperwork, and enhances service delivery.

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With this latest advancement, Saudi Arabia reaffirms its commitment to creating a welcoming and streamlined environment for its expat community, fostering a more positive and productive living experience.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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