Saudi Arabian passport

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Saudi Arabian passport
Saudi Passport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Saudi Arabian passport.
Issued by  Saudi Arabia
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Saudi Arabian citizenship
Expiration

5 years for people aged under 21

5 or 10 years for people aged 21 or older
Cost

300 SAR / $80 USD for 5 years

600 SAR / $160 USD for 10 years

The Saudi Arabian passport (Arabic: جواز السفر السعودي‎) is a passport document issued to citizens of Saudi Arabia for international travel. It is valid for 5 or 10 years.

Passport issuance procedures

Before an applicant is issued a passport he must sign his name unless they don't hold a Saudi Arabian National ID Card. If an applicant is a woman, a male guardian is also required to sign their passport to authorise the aspirant passport holder to travel abroad. The male guardian sign his dependant's passport in person. In case of women or underage citizens, the applicant also must bring their Family ID card. The passport photo must be taken whilst the applicant is in normal Saudi attire, unless they are underage and haven't got a Government ID card. The photo must be 4 x 6 in size. An applicant must fill the form in both Arabic and English.

In 2017, a new version of the passport was introduced, the new version costs double but is valid for 10 years instead of 5.

Translation

The Saudi Arabian passport has the following wording on its cover:

"المملكة العربية السعودية" "Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia"

"عضو جامعة الدول العربية" "Member of the Arab League" (unlike the rest of the passport, isn't translated to English)

"جواز سفر" "Passport"

Data page

  • Image of a passport holder
  • Passport type in English
  • National code: SAU
  • Passport number in Hindu-Arabic numerals
  • Passport holder's name in English
  • Birth date both according to the Islamic calendar and as per the Gregorian calendar
  • Gender: Male or Female
  • Issue date in both Islamic calendar and Western calendar
  • Expiration in both Islamic calendar and Western calendar, it is based on Islamic calendar.
  • Place of issue, issuing authority, and issue date in both Islamic calendar and Western calendar
  • All information is saved in the Ministry of Interior's systems.

Passport note

Arabic: "باسم ملك المملكة العربية السعودية أطلب من موظفي المملكة المدنيين والعسكريين وممثليها في الخارج ومن كل سلطة أخرى تعمل باسمها ومن السلطات المختصة في الدول الصديقة أن يسمحوا لحامل هذا الجواز بحرية المرور وأن يقدموا له المساعدة والرعاية

English: "IN THE NAME OF THE KING, OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, I REQUEST AND REQUIRE ALL THOSE WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, TO ALLOW THE BEARER TO PASS FREELY WITHOUT LET OR HINDRANCE AND TO AFFORD THE BEARER SUCH ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION AS MAY BE NECESSARY"

Visa requirements

As of February 2018, Saudi citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 69 countries and territories, ranking the Saudi passport 70th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index. Saudi citizens do not need a visa to enter other GCC states and reside permanently. In June of 2017, Saudi suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar, which is one of the GCC countries, as a result, Saudi Citizens are prohibited from traveling to the neighboring country.

Countries and territories with visa-free or visa on arrival entry for holders of regular Saudi passports

Prohibited countries

See also

References

  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia to cut commercial ties, flights to Iran - Foreign Minister". 
  2. ^ "Aljazeera News". 
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