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India Embassy in Saudi Arabia Started Passport Service

In view of the announcement for partial relaxation in the lockdown conditions for private sector companies, it has been decided to render passport services through the Indian Passport and Visa Application Centers operated by M/s VFS Global in various cities across the Kingdom in a staggered manner with effect from 3 June 2020. The details of working hours and days of operation of the Centers are as under.

Riyadh (Um Al Hammam) —- 3 June 2020 onward —- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Riyadh (Batha) —– 3 June to 15 June 2020 —– 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Al Khobar —- 3 June to 15 June 2020 —– 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Dammam —– 7 June 2020 onward —- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Jubail —– 7 June 2020 onward —- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Buraidah —– 7 June 2020 onward —- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Hail —– 7 June 2020 onward —- 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

In order to avoid crowding at all times and to strictly follow the norms of physical distancing, certain measures have been determined in the interest of the applicants and the staff. All applicants may accordingly note the following:

1 — Prior appointment for submission of application for passport-related or attestation services is mandatory. Applicants without confirmed appointment shall not be entertained.
2 — The appointment can be sought by sending an email at info.inriyadh@vishelpline.com or through call center (Tel No. 920006139). Email mode may be preferred for seeking appointment.
3 — Nobody except the applicant shall be allowed. Hence only the applicant with confirmed appointment should visit the Center at the time indicated in the appointment.
4 — No applicant without a mask shall be allowed to enter the center.
5 — Since there is limit to the number of applicants that can be served at the centers while following all the health norms issued by the Saudi authorities, priority in appointments will be given those whose passports have already expired or are due to expire soon and who need to travel or renew Iqamas etc. Hence only those who genuinely need to have their passports reissued should seek appointment. Please understand that every request for appointment cannot be accommodated immediately under the given circumstances.


6 — Violation of health related guidelines may attract fines and penalties from the local law enforcement authorities. Applicants must follow these guidelines and avoid crowding at all times. The temperature of each applicant will be checked prior to the entry. Hence applicants with symptoms of illness must avoid visiting the centers.