Good news for expatriates in the Kingdom. Expats can now renew visit visas for relatives
using the Passport Department’s Abshir system.
Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, the department’s director-general, will launch the new
service next Monday, said Col. Mohammed Al-Saad, director of public relations.
He said the department would also launch another Abshir program to help Saudis renew
their passports using the electronic system. “We have readied the two services after
testing the systems,” he added.
The launch of the new services coincides with the department’s campaign to increase
awareness on its electronic services.
Col. Al-Saad urged Saudis and expatriates to make use of its electronic services to save
their time and energy and reduce congestion at the department’s offices across the
People can register with Abshir by visiting one of the department’s offices or using
interactive machines available at banks (Al-Rajhi, Samba, Riyad, NCB, Al-Jazira and
Albilad), as well as at malls and international airports.