Transit Visa holders can now drive rented cars to explore Saudi Arabia

Web Desk 11:49 PM | 1 Feb, 2023
Transit Visa holders can now drive rented cars to explore Saudi Arabia
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RIYADH - In a more liberal approach, Saudi Arabia has allowed transit visa holders to enjoy rented cars while being in the kingdom during their short stay.

The Public Security has recently stated that Transit Visa holders will now be able to drive cars during their four-day stay in the Kingdom.

Those intending to roam around the country on car can benefit from the driving authorization service as the rental procedure of cars can be done through the ‘Absher Business’ electronic platform which works under the control of Ministry of Interior.

Interestingly, the procedure for renting vehicles is simple and there is no need to personally visit any Traffic Department office for this purpose.

Stop Over Transit Visas

Saudi Arabia launched the service of issuing electronic Stop-over Transit Visa in the Kingdom by air for all purposes from Jan. 30 under which visa holders can stay in the Kingdom for 96 hours and perform Islamic rituals as well.

The important aspect is that the visa is free of cost and it will be issued instantly along with the flight ticket as the ministry has launched the service in coordination with the Saudi national airlines.

The Transit Visa holders are also allowed to perform Umrah and visit the Last Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah besides cruising around in the kingdom and attend events.

The applications for transit visas can be submitted through the electronic platforms of Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas. The requests will automatically be routed to the Unified National Visa Platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to process and issue the digital visa immediately. The applicant will receive the visa via email.

Rent Saudi Homes

The permission to drive rented car comes weeks after Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens to rent out their homes to visitors.

Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb recently approved the new bylaw of private tourism hospitality under which a private tourist hospitality facility shall be part of a property designated either for residential or for agricultural use, and the total number of permits issued to a person in one property shall not exceed three.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 24, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 24, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.2 286
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 24 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,500 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350


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