Riyadh defends action against transit visa violators

November 24, 2010
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Kuwait has defended his country’s decision to block the exit of several Kuwait-based foreigners from the country after they allegedly flouted visa rules.

“Saudi Arabia has the right to take action against those who broke the laws and no-one can possibly challenge its decision,” Abdul Aziz Al Fayez said.

“The pilgrims who are at the borders had obtained transit visas to travel through Saudi lands. It was clearly mentioned that the visas were not valid to perform Haj. However, they broke the law by staying in the country and performing the pilgrimage. They simply cannot be rewarded for flouting the rules,” the ambassador said, quoted by Kuwaiti daily Annahar.

According to Kuwaiti media, hundreds of expatriates, mainly teachers, were stranded at the border with Saudi Arabia resulting in a severe shortage of teachers in Kuwaiti schools as students resumed classes following Eid holidays.

Pressure

Under Saudi rules, only GCC citizens can enter the country without visas. Visas for foreigners are granted according to the purpose of the traveller. People who plan to cross Saudi Arabia to go to other countries must obtain transit visas.

“They cannot expect to be treated like the other pilgrims who complied with the law. Everything related to Haj, including accommodation and transportation, was calculated on the number of people who were given Haj visas or licence. Now, these extra people make extra demands that cannot be met and put unnecessary pressure on organisers,” Al Fayez said.

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