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Saudi visit visa fee for Pakistanis reduced by up to $620 dollars

ISLAMABAD: Saudi government has confirmed that it is revising its visa fee for Pakistani citizens by as much as 2325 riyals ($620), ARY News reported on Saturday.

The announcement comes as the Saudi Crown Prince is scheduled to visit Pakistan tomorrow (Sunday), during which the two countries will sign investment accords of several billion dollars.

It was learnt through reliable sources on February 14 that the Kingdom was planning to slash the visa fee for Pakistani citizens.

The rates have been revised only for visit visas so far and are not applicable for work permits or Iqamas.

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The fees of a single-entry visit visa, which was previously 2000 riyals (approximately $533), has now been reduced to 338 riyals (approximately $90).

Similarly, a multiple-entry visit visa, previously rated at 3000 riyals (approximately $800), can now be obtained at the fees of 675 riyals ($180).

Last week, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar Bukhari had said Pakistan would soon start visa on arrival facility for five countries including Saudi Arabia.

The other countries to benefit from the facility were China, Dubai, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

The government of Pakistan last month decided to relax visa rules for 97 countries in the first phase, to attract tourists and foreign investment in the country.

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