by Expatguru - 09/28/2014
"This article describes the procedure to retrieve your exit/re-entry visa when you lose your passport while out of Saudi Arabia."
Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries in the world where one needs a visa for going out of the country for any reason and to re-enter within the visa validity time. This visa is known as the exit / re-entry visa. Typically, this exit/re-entry visa comes in two forms - either as a sticker which is pasted on your passport or more commonly in recent years, on a sheet of paper which is stapled to your passport separately.
It is an absolute must to have this exit / re-entry visa if you need to return to the kingdom after a short stay outside, for instance on vacation. If, due to some unforeseen circumstances you lose your passport while you are outside the kingdom, it was almost next to impossible to return to Saudi Arabia until recently. Fortunately, rules have changed and we now have a procedure whereby you could print your exit / re-entry visa even if you have lost your original one. However, there are a few riders to the same.
It is necessary for you to have a valid passport to travel. However, just because you have lost your passport does not mean that the visa is cancelled. The only difference now would be that you will have to attach the print out of the exit / re-entry visa to the newly issued passport. Always carry a copy of your resident permit (Iqama), to avoid hassle at the airport when you re-enter the kingdom.
Let’s say you have gone to your home country where you lost your passport containing the exit / re-entry visa. First, you need to file a complaint at the nearest police station and obtain a copy of acknowledgement / report from the police. This needs to be attached to your application for a new passport. There are standard procedures in most countries for re-issue of a new passport in place of a lost one. This varies from one country to another, but almost invariably, you need to submit the following documents:
1. Proof of date of birth
2. Proof of residence
3. An affidavit stating how and when your passport was lost
4. Police report
5. Photocopy of the lost passport, if available
6. Appropriate number of photographs
When you obtain your new passport, the last page would contain details of your old passport with a note saying that the same has been cancelled, but not the visas contained therein. What this means is that while the passport is new, all valid visas which were in the lost passport continue to be valid.
Next, click on the following link:
https://www.eserve.com.sa/VVSWeb/ and choose the ‘English’ tab.
When you enter the required details, you would be able to see your exit / re-entry visa. Just take a print of the same and attach it with your newly issued passport. As already mentioned earlier, do not forget to take a copy of your Iqama. It is always a good idea to keep copies of your Iqama and current passport in your email, so that you could retrieve them from anywhere in the world in an emergency.