There are two types of Saudi visit Visa for Families. One is a Single Entry Visa for six months, and the other is a Multiple-entry visa for one year. The first one is extended for one month via Absher. You can keep extending it to six months. For Multiple visit visas, the policy is changed Now. For now, you have to take an exit from Saudi Arabia and re-enter to get a further extension of 3 months. Going to your motherland may be hectic and will cost you a lot. Therefore I will share my story of how I Extended my visit visa by going to Bahrain using the King Fahad Causeway. In Bahrain, VFS Tasheel is responsible for New Visa stamping.
How to Get a new Visit visa and get it Stamped from
Here is how this procedure works.
My family’s visit visa was already expired on my passport. The issue was that if I took an exit from Saudi Arabia, the visit visa would have been finished, and my family would not be able to return to Saudi Arabia.
What did I do?
How did I do that? I Issued a new Visit Visa for my family. I took my Family to Bahrain and got this Visa Stamped From VFS TAsheel Office in Manama, Bahrain. Here is a detailed answer to that, and I hope I will be able to guide you step by step. Stay With Me.
Step 1 – Get a New Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia
If your Visa is Expired on your passport, then you need to get a new visit visa from Saudi Arabia. Before starting your application for a new visa, you need to make sure you put “Stamping Place” as Manama, Bahrain. Because this is where you will get your visa stamped. I applied for the new visa and got it within three days. My family was still in Saudi Arabia on a previous visit visa. So if you ask whether you can get a new visa while your family is still in Saudi Arabia, the answer is YES.
Step 2 – Get E-Visa for Bahrain
Initially, Bahrain was giving On Arrival Visas, but that facility is not available now. You need to apply for an E Visa for each family member. For Iqama Holders, Bahrain is still giving Visa on Arrival and Charging you depending upon your Occupation on your Iqama. I didn’t want any unnecessary risks, so I also opted for an E Visa. I applied from their official Site, and within 4 to 5 days, I got E Visas for each family member. You can also launch a complaint on Tawasul if your Visas are late.
I paid 4BD and later on 5BD per visa. So total, it was 9BD = 90 Riyals per Passport.
It is a 30 Day Visa and the maximum you can stay in Bahrain is 30 Days.
Step 3 – Travel to Bahrain
We are Located far From Riyadh, nearly 1000 km from my city Riyadh. We booked Saptco for Riyadh and then from Riyadh to Dammam. It took us almost 15 Hours to Reach Dammam. From Dammam, there are 2 Trips daily to Manama, Bahrain. Charges for One person are 95 Riyal or 9.5BD.
Step 4 – Checking at King Fahad Causway
On the Saudi Side of King Fahad Causeway, they will Check your Iqama and Re-Entry Visa and the Visit Visa of each family member. They will also check Bahrain’s Visa for Each member. After checking my family’s visa, the Jawazat person told me you know your Family visa is expired, and you cannot enter Saudi Arabia. I said yes and showed him the new visa, which I would stamp in Manama. He Checked the Visa and Stamping place on it and let us all go with a smile on his face. We thanked him and went to our Bus.
After that we reached Manama at around 9 pm. We stayed at a hotel that was just 15 Min Away from VFS Tasheel Office.
Step 5 – Stamping Visa from VFS Tasheel
VFS Tasheel is a Globally recognized Visa Center for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have offices in almost every Country. In Bahrain, you must get to VFS Tasheel if you want to stamp your Saudi Visit Visa. However, In Pakistan, Eitmad Limited is Responsible for Saudi Visa Stamping.
Procedure at VFS Tasheel:
Step 1 – Appointment:
You need to book an appointment from their Official Website. If Appointments are Full, try to get Walk in Token, but you need to be there at 7:30. They only treat 10 Walk-in Tokens for a day. We Didn’t have an appointment, and it took us three days to submit our passports. 3rd day we were there at 7:30 and still got 3rd Token.
Step 2 – Documents Required
I submitted the following Documents
- Applicant’s Passport
- Applicant’s Passport Copy
- Marriage Certificate For Wife/Birth Certificate for Children
- 2 Passport Size Photos with White Background
- Visa Document
- Iqama Copy
- My Passport Copy
Pay the Fees alongside these Documents, and they will ask you to sit inside the Lounge. It will take an hour to finish everything else, and you will be sent back home.
Step 3 – Passport Collection
We Submitted the passport around 1 pm, and the next day at 4 pm, we received our Passports. Usually, it takes only 24 to 36 Hours for Visa to get stamped on the passport, and the passport is ready to be picked up. So it took only 27 hours in our case.
Step 6 – Getting Back to Saudi Arabia
Once we had our passports, we booked our Saptco tickets for Dammam. Here in Manama, they will check your Saudi Iqama and the Saudi Visa of each Family member. The Procedure is the same as you travel from Dammam to Manama. On the Bahrain side of King Fahad Causeway, they checked our Passports and on Saudi Side, they took the passports and send us to Jawazat officers to get new Border numbers and fingerprints for Adults. After that Saudi Customs checked the Car and Luggage and sets you free to go to Saudi Arabia.
Step 7 – Welcome to Khobar, Saudi Arabia
After a 20 to 30 Minutes Drive on King Fahad Causeway, You will be Welcomed to Saudi Arabia. Enjoy Your Stay.
I hope I have explained everything well. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions regarding this. I will be happy to assist you all.
Frequently Asked Questions
1 – What are the Documents required to stamp Saudi Visit visa from Bahrain?
Ans: You need Following Documents with you
- Applicant’s Passport (Orignal)
- Applicant’s Passport (Copy)
- Sponser Passport Copy
- Sponser Iqama
- MOFA Visa Document
- Marriage Certificate for Wife
- Birth Certificate for Childern
- 2 Passport Size Photos with White Background.
2 – What are the Charges at VFS Tasheel for per passport?
Ans: I Paid around 750 to 800 Riyals per passport for my Family
3 – Do we need Bahrain e Visa to get into Bahrain?
Ans: YES. You need E Visa for each of your Family member. You can get On Arrival Visa depending upon your Occupation on Iqama.