Changes in Saudi Immigration
King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia have recently introduced a new “e-Gate” system.
This electronic system allows foreigners and frequent travelers to the Kingdom, whom are in possession of an activated e-Gate card, to complete their passport control on arrival and departure formalities more efficiently and without need to wait in a queue. An e-Gate card contains a holder’s biometric information that will be captured by immigration control upon each entry and departure.
The e-Gate card can be acquired at these two airports free of charge. To activate the card, clients will be asked to submit a fingerprint scan at the gate, ID # (Saudi passport or Iqama) and the airline boarding pass in order to complete the registration. Please note that e-Gate card holders must depart and re-enter Saudi Arabia with their valid passport.
The e-Gate system is designed to streamline registration of arrivals and departures and to establish some sense of urgent processing as many travellers experience mass delays while waiting in queue. Please remember that this is only a process and immigration officials have the right to pull any traveler aside and conduct a secondary inspection.