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calenderOctober 30, 2023 KSA Visa Jurisdictions

KSA Visa Jurisdictions

Important change to Saudi Visa Processing in Australia - 30 October 2023:

The Saudi Arabian Visa system has now moved to a jurisdiction-based process, and candidates will now need to apply through the Consular post of the jurisdiction they fall under. This will no doubt have some teething issues and may cause delays to applicants in Australia.

Reach out to the team at CLS Capital Link Services to understand what this means for you, and how we can help you navigate this new change as efficiently as possible.

Email the team at [email protected] or call us on +61 2 6282 7155.

Biometrics update 10/03/2023

We are delighted to inform you that the biometric system at the Saudi Visa Processing Centre in Canberra has resumed its operation and is now accepting bookings.

 Our team is actively collaborating with the processing centre to schedule appointments for our esteemed clients.

 After submitting your application, we will prioritise arranging your biometrics at the earliest available slot. Kindly note that this appointment will require you to travel to Canberra.

 As a leading service provider, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of support. We look forward to processing your visa application with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.

 Thank you for choosing CLS Capital Link Services as your trusted partner in visa processing.

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calenderJanuary 04, 2023 Biometrics required for Saudi Visas in Canberra

Biometrics required for Saudi Visas in ...

Important update to Saudi Visas - 04/01/2023
As of 04/01/2023, the Saudi Arabian Embassy and the Saudi Visa Processing Centre (VFS Tasheel) have reimplemented a requirement for biometric scanning for all visa applications addressed to Canberra. This process involves a retinal (eye) and fingerprint scan, which must be done in person at the processing center in Canberra. Presently, the biometrics system at VFS Tasheel is currently not active and it is unclear when it will be operational again.
This has caused delays in visa processing and may cause further delays in the future.
If you are in need of urgent travel and have a visa authorisation/invitation letter addressed to Canberra, your sponsor in Saudi Arabia may be able to change the location to Sydney, where the biometrics system is active. If you choose to change your location to Sydney, please inform your CLS consultant, as there may be changes to forms and additional requirements.

Our CLS teams are working to find the best solution for your application. Feel free to call us to discuss your options.

Saudi Embassy closed for public holday

The King of Saudi Arabia has announced a public holiday on 23rd November 2022 to celebrate its 2-1 win over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup. We wish all teams the very best, and will keep our clients updated on any more closures.

calenderNovember 23, 2022 Saudi Embassy closed for public holday
calenderAugust 12, 2021 ACT Lockdown

ACT Lockdown

To our valued clients,
Just a quick announcement, the ACT has entered into a snap lockdown as of 5pm Thursday (11/08/2021) due to a positive COVID-19 case in the ACT.
We are still operational and our team has shifted to a work from home arrangement, and will still be responding to any enquiries and processing orders.
We are currently communicating with Embassies and Consulates and will be providing updates throughout the day.
If you have any questions regarding limitations or delays in the ACT due to the lockdown, please contact us for an update.
As always, we are committed to ensuring you receive the best service, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
For any enquiries, please contact us on +61 (2) 6282 7155
CLS team.

Eid Al-Adha Embassy closure dates

On the occasion  of the Eid Al-Adha, the following embassies will be closing for Eid celebrations:


Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Embassy of the State of Qatar
Closed: Monday (19/07/2021) - Wednesday (21/07/2021)

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Closed: Monday (19/07/2021) - Friday (23/07/2021)

From the management and team at CLS Australia and New Zealand, we wish all of our friends and clients a happy, safe and joyous Eid Al-Adha Mubarak.

calenderJuly 19, 2021 Eid Al-Adha Embassy closure dates
calenderJune 18, 2021 Myanmar Covid-19 Travel Guidelines

Myanmar Covid-19 Travel Guidelines

Travellers wishing to visit or work in Myanmar must follow the below covid-19 guidelines before arrival.

  • Travellers must provide laboratory absence of covid-19 infection from home country
  • Travellers must quarantine at home for one week before departing Australia and provide proof of quarantine
  • Travellers must undergo a RT-PCR test and receive a negative result 72 hours before departing Australia

On arrival, travellers will need to:

  • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Myanmar

Note: During quarantine, the traveller will undergo tests, including a RT-PCR test after one week of quarantine. If the traveller has a negative result on their RT-PCT test, they will be able to continue to their respective job.

The above information has been provided by the embassy of Myanmar in Canberra.

For more information, please contact our team.

Quarantine on arrival in Saudi Arabia

The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires an institutional quarantine for all passengers from countries that are not included in the travel suspension, exempt the following categories:

  • Male and Female citizens and their spouses, daughters and sons of female citizens, and domestic workers accompanying any of the aforementioned groups.
  • Unvaccinated domestic workers accompanying an immune resident.
  • Immune individuals.
  • Official delegations.
  • Holders of a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their families residing with them.
  • Air Crews.
  • Trucks drivers and their assistants from all ports.
  • Passengers involved in the health supply chains, as decided by the Ministry of Health.
  • Crews of marine vessels.
  • Individuals whose health condition appear (immunized) and their companions under the age of 18 years.

The period of institutional quarantine for all arrivals from outside the Kingdom, with the exception of the above-mentioned categories, is for a period of 7 days, starting from the hour of arrival at the Institutional Quarantine center and at the expense of the traveler.

With an emphasis on the need to obtain a valid health insurance policy to cover the risks of the Coronavirus, approved by the official authorities in the Kingdom, for all those coming to the Kingdom (who are not immunized).These procedures will go into force starting Thursday, Shawwal 8 1442 corresponding to May 20, 2021.

You should contact your health insurance provider about this new requirement and confirm prior to departure if you are covered by this in your policy.

calenderMay 14, 2021 Quarantine on arrival in Saudi Arabia
calenderNovember 11, 2020 Travel out of Australia

Travel out of Australia

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You can apply online but you must meet at least one of the following: 

  • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid  
  • your travel is for your business/employer 
  • you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia 
  • you are travelling outside Australia for three months or longer 
  • you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds  
  • your travel is in the national interest. 

You must provide evidence to support your claims. Requests may be finalised without further consideration if insufficient evidence is provided. All evidence supporting a travel exemption claim needs to be officially translated into English.

To see further information, click here 

To apply for an exemption, click here 

Information taken from the Department of Home Affairs website


Travel into Australia

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international travellers Australia’s borders are closed. The only people who can travel to Australia are: 

  • Australian citizens 
  • residents 
  • immediate family members 
  • travellers who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days. 

The cruise ship ban is in place until 17 December 2020, but this does not mean the ban will be lifted at that time. The Australian Health Principal Protection Committee reviews the ban regularly. People arriving in Australia may be quarantined for 14 days and might have to comply with other state and territory travel restrictions. 

For more information, click here 

Information taken from the Department of Health’s website

calenderSeptember 16, 2020 Travel into Australia
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