Saudi Gazette reports that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is implementing a plan wherein all visa applicants (excepting those who hold diplomatic or other ‘special’ passports) will be fingerprinted and photographed when applying for visas to visit the Kingdom. The article suggests that the actual fingerprinting will not be done at Saudi embassies or consulates, but at private companies that have been approved by them to provide the service.
RIYADH — Visitors to the Kingdom will now be required to be fingerprinted at the time of applying for a visa, the Cabinet decided Monday.
In this regard, the Cabinet meeting presided over by Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, approved an amendment to the 4th article of the Cabinet decision No. 202 on 22/6/1430H.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through competent offices accredited by the Kingdom’s missions abroad, is to take the necessary measures to obtain the biometrics (fingerprints and pictures) of visa applicants to the Kingdom.