Saudi eases travel rules for expatriates

Published June 26th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has eased rules demanding that foreign residents obtain special permits to travel outside cities within the conservative kingdom, Saudi officials said Monday, June 25. 


Expatriates will now be able to travel within the province where they live without any travel documents, Brigadier Tarek Harazi of the passport department told Arab News


But foreigners would still need a travel document from their sponsor to visit other Saudi provinces, but these "need not be endorsed by the passports department as before," Harazi added. 


Attestation of travel papers by the department used to cost up to 100 Saudi riyals ($27), the paper said. There are 13 provinces in Saudi Arabia. ― (AFP, Riyadh) 


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