The Saudi General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) announced that it would issue a travel permit to Iraq through the Absher platform without visiting its headquarters.
The Jawazat said that the travel permit would be issued in compliance with the terms and conditions.
The directorate explained that the service can be accessed through the beneficiary’s account on the Absher platform by choosing services from the list of my services (khidmati), selecting the Jawazat sector, then choosing the Tawasul service, submitting a new application, and specifying the type of request of “travel permits service to the exempted countries.”
After this, the applicant has to choose the sub-service “travel permit to the Republic of Iraq” and then select the location of the committee nearest to the applicant for obtaining the permit.
The applicant then writes a brief description of the request and attaches a copy of his national ID and the family card of the companions.
The Jawazat said that the permit form is available on the website of the Jawazat. A proof of residence approved by the neighborhood chief shall be attached with the request, the Jawazat statement added.
The new procedure comes from the significant growth of Saudi-Iraqi relations in the past years, in light of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council in 2017, which boosted trade exchange and cooperation and advanced relations between ties the two countries.
The Council aims to consult and coordinate on mutual interest issues and enhance cooperation between the two sides in various fields at the strategic level.
It also seeks to advance bilateral relations in various fields, including economic, development, security, investment, tourism, culture, and media, strengthen cooperation in important international and regional affairs, protect common interests, and develop the partnership between the private sectors in both countries.