A day before the visit of his highness Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s to Pakistan, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia has drastically reduced the visit visa fee for Pakistanis who want to visit the kingdom.
According to a notification issued by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Islamabad, the cut in fees was $533 (Dh1,945) to $90 (Dh328).
The embassy on Saturday issued a statement stating that the fee for single-entry visit visa has now been reduced from 2,000 Saudi riyals to SAR338 (from $533 to $90).
The embassy announced further that the new fee structure will be implemented from February 15. While The reduced fee for multiple-entry visit visa will be SAR3,000 to SAR675 (from $800 to $180). The will be an advantage for more than two million Pakistanis who work in Saudi Arabia and bring their families on visit visas.
The visa fee had also reduced for Saudi nationals who wish to travel to the country.
Earlier the Saudi Kingdom had imposed a hike in visa fees to do business in the kingdom. The higher visa fees were one of the many strategies adopted by the kingdom to cover a loss in oil revenue.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia signed a number of agreements and MoUs in various sectors. During the high-profile royal visit investment in finance, power, renewable energy, internal security, media, culture and sports was focused.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had also proposed that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia relish historic relations. “We are tied with Saudi Arabia in economic and social ties, based on Islamic brotherhood,” he said in an interview to a Saudi TV channel. Presenting the idea of bringing forward cultural values by collaboration in films and Tv.
This visit will strengthen ties between the two nations and will bring prosperity to Pakistan’s economy.