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Saudi Arabia reduces visit visa fees for Pakistanis


Saudi Arabia has reduced visit visa fees drastically for Pakistanis effective from Feb. 15, Saudi embassy in Islamabd announced Saturday.

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This gesture is announced ahead of the first official state visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to Pakistan, beginning from Sunday.

This move will be highly beneficial for hundreds of thousands of Pakistani nationals working in the Kingdom to bring in their family members on visit visas.


Single and multiple visa Saudi fee for Indian national stands much lower as compared to Pakistan


Saudi Arabia has reduced visit visa fees drastically for Pakistanis effective from Feb. 15, according to a press statement of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad.

According to the new fee structure, visit visa fee for single entry has been slashed from SR2,000 ($533) to SR338 ($90) while the fee for multiple entry visa reduced from SR3,000 ($800) to SR675 ($180), the statement added.

Saudi Arabia had already reduced rates of family visit visa for India nationals from erstwhile SR 2000 to SR 305 in May last year (2018). Similarly multiple visa rate for Indian nationals now stand at SR 455 as compared to SR 675 for Pakistani families.

Pakistan expects investment worth US 7 billion $ in next two years.

15 February 2019


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