Politics • 28 February, 2020

Saudi Ambassador on suspension of electronic tourist visas

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The newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan, Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Daoud, was invited to Kazakh Foreign Ministry, MFA reports.

During the meeting with the Director of the Department of Near, Middle East and Africa of the Kazakh MFA Yerzhan Mukash, topical issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed, including the development of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

The Ambassador commented on the recent decision of the Saudi authorities to suspend the issuance of electronic tourist visas for citizens of several countries.

A. al-Daoud confirmed that the issuance of pilgrimage visas for Umrah, as well as tourist visas, was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. This measure is temporary and is aimed at protecting all Muslims of the world who come to the Kingdom. At the same time, he assured that the issuance of business and other types of visas did not suspend.

According to the Ambassador, the list of countries whose citizens have been suspended will be updated depending on changes in the epidemic situation. At the same time, he noted that in addition to Kazakhstan, other Central Asian countries are included in this list.

Following the meeting, the parties agreed to exchange up-to-date information on the epidemiological situation in their countries.

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