Ban on Swedish business travelers lifted

11 May 15

SAUDI ARABIA, SWEDEN

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on Swedish business travelers.

What does the change mean? 
Swedish nationals can once again apply for business and work visas to Saudi Arabia.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business and work visas.
  • Who is affected: Swedish nationals applying for business and work visas.
  • Business impact: Businesses are again able to obtain business and work visas for Swedish personnel.

Background: In the midst of a diplomatic dispute, Saudi Arabia suspended issuance of business and work visas to Swedish nationals in March. The move came after Sweden ended a defense agreement with the Kingdom. Riyadh responded by recalling its ambassador and instituting the travel ban. The ban was recently lifted.

BAL Analysis: The change is good news for companies employing Swedish personnel. Swedish nationals are eligible to apply for and obtain business and work visas immediately.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Saudi Arabia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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