Policy Update: Revised Saudi Visa Fees for Expat Levy in the Kingdom

The Ministry Economic Planning and the Ministry Finance, working together with the Cabinet and Council of Misters have agreed to revise Saudi visa fees and the traffic violation penalties. The proposed changes will take effect from the new year of the Hijri calendar on the 1st Muharram 1436. This is the same as 2nd October of the year 2016.

If you are not aware of this new proposal, below we will look at the details of the exit and re-entry scale. This applies to all types of visas, including Business Visa, Family Visa, Work Visa and all the others. In short, all types of visas are covered by the provisions below:

Saudi Visa Fees Scale Single Exit Re Entry

For the expatriates who want a single Exit Re Entry visa for a period of two months, the fee will be SR 200. For any additional month that expat will stay, until the expiry of the residence permit, they will be required to pay SR 100.

Multiple Exit Re Entry Visa Fee Scale

  • The multiple Exit Re Entry visa fee will now cost SR, for a period of 3 months. For every additional month that you will stay, until your Iqama expires, you will have to pay SR 200.
  • For the foreign visitors, the multiple re-entry visas will cost SR 3,000 for a period of 6 months, SR 5,000 for a whole year and SR 8,000 for a period of 2 years.

Hajj and Umrah Visa Fees

For all the first timers coming for Hajj or Umrah in Saudi, there will be no visa fees. However, for the second time, you will be paid SR 2,000.

For the initial visit of pilgrims that come for Hajj and Umrah, the government will foot the SR 2,000 per person and this costs the Kingdom SR 2B, every year.

For the transit visas, you will be required to pay SR 300 while all the expats that have a seaports final exit visa are required to pay SR 50.


Update for expat’s Levy in the Kingdom

There will be new expat levy fees, starting from January 2017. This is according to the reports gathered from the budget announcement on Thursday. These levies will go up to SR 800, which will be spread out up to 2020. All companies currently pay a monthly levy of SR 200 for every expat employee. However, this applies to the expat workers that exceed the number of Saudi workers. This will be increased gradually from 2017, as a major milestone towards the Fiscal Balance Program- Balanced Budget 2020.

Starting January 2017, the levy on expats will be increased so as to compel companies to hire more Saudi nationals. As for the companies that do not have expats who are more than the Saudis or citizens of GCC, there will be no waiver for the levy, but it will be charged at a lower rate.

By July 2017, there will be levied fees charged on the dependents of expat workers. This is aimed at reducing the impact on the families that have children in school. The Kingdom does not levy any income tax for both national and foreign workers and this policy remains intact.

Breakdown of the Expat Levies 

2017: The dependents of the emigrant workers will be charge a monthly levy of SR 100, from July.

2018: The levy fees on expat dependents will be subjected to a monthly levy of SR 200, from July. For the companies that have a lower number foreigners or a number that is equal to Saudi nationals there will be a monthly fee of SR300. As for the companies where the foreigners are more that the locals, the monthly levy from January 2018 will be SR400.

2019: All the expat’s dependents will pay a monthly fee of SR300, starting in July. In January, companies that do not have foreign workers who are more than the locals will pay SR500, while those with more foreign employees will pay SR600, per month.

2020: From July 2020; all the dependents of expat workers will pay a monthly level of SR400. For companies that have emigrant workers that are equal to or less than Saudis will pay SR700 per month, starting in January. As for the companies where the foreigners are more than the locals, the applicable fees will be SR800.

Income Tax not charged

According to Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Saudi Minister of Finance, these levy fees will not apply to domestic workers like cleaners and drivers. The new expat levy is applicable to the foreign worker in commercial sectors.  “There are two kinds of fees, the first is according to the number of family members an expat has in return for utilities used… this minimal amount will increase gradually every year,” the minister said.

“The second is already imposed on companies which employ expat workers; this will increase gradually as well until 2020.” The Minister emphasized that there would be no income taxes levied to the local workers, expats or company revenues.

Source: Arab News