Travelling with a new born baby to Saudi Arabia

To begin with, this article is for those people where the mother is already having iqama and has given birth to baby outside KSA and wants to bring her baby along with her.

There are two ways of doing this:

1st method – You get the visa stamped on the baby’s passport from the Saudi consulate in your country. Usually the travel agents provide this service for a reasonable fee. Once the baby’s passport is stamped you are ready to travel. The child has to be less one year old.

2nd method – Visa on arrival. This is the easier way which I followed. Just buy ticket for yourself and your baby and arrive in Saudi Arabia. At the immigration counter they stamp the visa on the passport. And then you can enter the country.

In both case, they will write a border entry number at the immigration counter which is usually 10 digits long. Make sure they write this or else you will have to come back to airport to get this number when making the iqama for your baby.
And if you delay in making the iqama for your baby,  you will get a SR. 500 penalty.
Also don’t forget to bring along the polio immunization certificate for your baby in the country of birth. You will need this at the time of making iqama.
For more details on how to make iqama for your baby, check out this article.

54 replies
  1. rene says:

    Sir, what are the requirements for a new born baby visa if i will go to Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in jeddah?Do i need to pay 2000 riyals upon arrival of my baby in the airport or i can pay it later…hoping for your respond sir!!!thanks…

  2. rene says:

    Good day Sir, what are the requirements for a new born baby visa if i will go to Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in jeddah?Do i need to pay 2000 riyals upon arrival of my baby in the airport or i can pay it later…hoping for your respond sir!!!thanks…

  3. danielle says:

    good day sir,my baby is 5th month now,i want to bring my baby in saudi,my company tell me no need visa for my baby and they give them instruction is go to saudi embassy of my country and give reqiurements like my iqama and my iqama of my wife,marriage contract and the passport of my baby and my wife passport,my question it is my company right to tell no need buy visa to bring my baby here..pls help me sir,,i go to vacation this june 20,i need your help sir to know what the right instruction to bring my baby here..thanks

    • SaudiXpert says:

      Yes, there is no need for visa for baby if the mother is having iqama.
      As you company mentioned, you submit the baby’s passport along with copy of father & mother’s iqama copy and mother’s passport to the Saudi Embassy in your country.
      Alternately, just come to Saudi Arabia directly and they will stamp the visa at the immigration at airport.
      Afterward, your company should make the iqama for the baby which will cost SR. 2,000.

  4. rene says:

    Still you need to buy visa worth 2000 riyals at maktaf istikdam before you take your vacation…that’s the best and easiest way to bring your baby like what i did!

    • Wilson says:

      Could you kindly tell the exact procedure how you got the visa at Maktab istekdam. And what are the documents required. Thanks in advance.

    • SaudiXpert says:

      If your child is less than one year, it will be given visa on arrival. This is the experience of many people including myself.
      However, if you wish to be on the safe side, you can get visa issued at the Saudi Embassy in Washington by following the procedure outlined in Embassy website.
      Congrats on new arrival :)

  5. AS says:

    Dear Xpert,
    Can you please confirm if there is any legal document stating that visa on passport isn’t must – and visa will be issued to newborn on arrival.
    MOFA Qatar has it on their website mentioned clearly.
    My concern is that how do you convince USA Immigration Authority to let your child depart? I am assuming that not everyone from USA Immigration Authority knows about newborn arrival visa policy.
    Please assist.

    • SaudiXpert says:

      Dear AS,
      Mail to the Saudi Embassy in Washington asking them weather you can get on arrival in Saudi for your baby who is less than one year. Once you get confirmation from them, you can use this letter/mail to convince the USA immigration Authority that your baby will get visa on arrival. I think this is best and safe.
      Happy journey.
      Do share your experience.
      Best regards
      Saudi Xpert

  6. IS says:

    Dear Expert, is the visa on arrival for newborn baby as you described still applicable today (as of 2 July 2013)?

    Dear AS, I wish to learn about your experience of bringing in your newborn baby with method 2 which Expert described. Is there a specific immigration counter shall I go to to obtain the visa when the baby and I arrive? Perhaps Expert also can advise on this.

    Thank you!

    • SaudiExpert
      SaudiXpert says:

      Personally, I did it a few years ago. I hope our readers can share their recent experience.
      There is no special counter. The immigration officer will either do it himself or guide you where to go if required.
      Do share your experience so that others may benefit.

    • SaudiExpert
      SaudiXpert says:

      See below comment by “Hisaf” for his recent experience about bring baby without visa and getting visa on arrival.

  7. hisaf says:

    My wife came today with my new born baby girl to Riyadh without any visa. She was given visa on arrival. She is 4 months old.

    • Siraz says:

      Hi Hisaf,

      Thanks for sharing the useful information. I have two questions.

      1) What is the fees they will charge to give on arrival visa for baby in the Riyadh airport? My wife is coming within next 2 weeks with my new born baby girl who is 4 months old.

      2) Will the immigration officer ask for polio immunization certificate before stamping on arrival visa.


    • Fazal Khan says:

      Dear Hisaf Sb,

      I have the similar case. My wife has to travel from delhi to Jeddah.
      Can you please tell me , will the authorities ask for birth certificate attestation at the immigration counter in delhi.
      plz get me ur cell so that I can talk to you .

      Many thanx

  8. William says:

    Hisaf, did it take long for your wife for stamping or was it same as other passengers ? Is there a separate line ?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. Munir says:

    Dear all,

    Can any body help me, my baby born just one month before in Pakistan , i have prepared passport for my child, but now for my wife exist- re-entry visa getting expired at 3rd of September 2013, before this date i must bring back them to ksa because the last date of IQAMA also 3rd of September. I am afraid if i am going to submit it in Saudi embassy in Pakistan to stamp visa for my baby, may be i will lost visa for my family, my question is that can my baby travel with mother with out stamping stamping visa at passport from ksa embassy in Pakistan. Please help to find any solution.

  10. rajan says:

    Dear sir. My wife is coming to Saudi Arabia with 4 months baby. She has valid iqama and exit re entry visa .she is planing to travel in air Arabia arilince via sharjah. Is there any problem for baby with out visa ,when she transit via shajaha to saudi Arabia in air arabaia airlines .is there any problem if I choose any connecton airlines other than Saudi airlines .thank u

  11. AS says:

    Dear Friends,
    My family was planning to enter KSA within newborn. As there was confusion whether an infant requires stamped visa – I preferred getting visit visa for my child from KSA Embassy at USA.
    However – I did visit KSA based Passport office and KSA based MOFA for information. I got confirmation that infant can be given visa upon arrival as long as either or parent (accompanying) has valid documentation (i.e. valid iqama n exit-entry visa). When I asked about written documentation / confirmation – I was informed that no such document is available.
    I therefore opted for getting visa stamped prior to journey to avoid any confusion at USA airport.
    Family members are back in KSA.

  12. hussain says:

    Assalam aaikum.
    Need urgent help. Alhumdulillah I m blessed with a baby boy n my family is in doha qatar. My son born in qatar and he is one month old and they are not allowed to travel back to saudi by Qatar immigration. They r asking for some letter from saudi government to allow my child to travel. Can any help me what letter is it and how to get it from saudi government?

  13. Raks says:

    Dear Xpert;

    My Family is on Visit VISA since 6months & now i had Baby Son, Please update me the Procedure for the registration or for VISA for new born baby in Kingdom.

    Waiting for your Valuable Comments.

  14. Umair Siddiqui says:

    Dear Xpert,

    My baby is born in July 2013 in New Jersey, America, I am currently in the process of preparation of my baby’s US passport. I have to bring my baby to KSA. If I go for the option of applying for my baby’s visa from Saudi Consulate (in America), Can you kindly guide me that would my wife have to go the Saudi Consulate in New Jersey, America personally or hire an agent (as i know about Pakistan that nobody is allowed to enter in Saudi Consulate except the agents).

    If yes than where can she get an agent in New Jersey, America?

    Will appreciate your quick response.

  15. FarhanAhmedKhan says:

    I have my baby born here in riyadh while my wife is on visit visa.. what is the procedure to take back my baby to my home country? I have here NICOP and Passport.. Do I need to get visa stamped on my baby’s passport to exit from KSA? If yes, what is the requirement?

  16. vedant says:

    My baby is more thn 6 months then and mother is having valid visa and exit renetry . in this case can baby get on arrival visa? is there any age limit for on arrival visa?

  17. Juned says:

    Dear Saudi Xpert,

    As mentioned, this article was for newborn with parents having valid Iqama & Exit/Re-entry.

    What is the case if father is in KSA with valid Iqama and is applying for Visa for his wife and newborn (1 month) in Pakistan?

    Do I have to apply for two visas on two passport?
    Can my son travel on her mother’s passport?

    Please advise as I am currently in the process of doing so.
    Thanks in advance.

  18. M Illyas says:

    Dear Saudi Xpert,

    I had a baby girl (alhamdulillah) this September 17th and is scheduled to bring my family by December 19th. By then my daughter will be 3 months and 3 days old. I would like to know if I can bring my girl on a visa on arrival at the Dammam airport rather than going through the Istiqdam visa procedure. Both, me and my wife have valid Saudi Iqamas and my girl has her passport and vaccination details ready.

    Dear Hisaf, Please let me know if you were asked anything at the Indian emigration or the Saudi emigration.

    Your immediate response would be highly appreciated.


  19. William says:

    Dear all,

    My wife and I just had a new daughter, however I wasn’t present for the registration of her brith certificate. So the mothers name is on there, but mine isn’t. We submitted our documents at the embassy and they refused our visa for the baby because I am not mentioned as the father. Can we bring her directly to the airport and get the visa through immigration desk???

    Please let me know, because our Iqama is due to be renewed by the end of December.

    Thanks all

  20. asliyah says:

    Dear Expert,

    My six months baby girls is in philippines i want to bring her here in jeddah. what are the requirements so i could bring her here?what are steb by step that i need to do?is marriage contract required?

    pls reply

  21. Abou Ashraf says:

    Dear Sir,
    Assalamo Alaykom, Good Day! : My Daughter w/c is normally under my SPONSOR and her Mother is under her Company sponsor.Now, my Wife and our Daughter want to spend VACATION in our Country and Myself will remain here.What are the REQUIREMENTS should I Follow. Please Reply .

  22. bibin says:

    good day,sir me and my wife working in saudi arabia but my baby born in india now 4 moths me and my wife one time take to vacation now need to bringing my baby with me .please give to suggetion for this doubt

    bibin baby k

  23. cytin mathew says:

    my wife have iqama in RIYADH,am in visiting visa,how i can bring my newborn baby from kerala..please give me a solution…

  24. cytin mathew says:

    my wife have valid iqama in Riyadh now she is in india for delivery,after that how she can bring our new born baby to Riyadh. i am in visiting visa,….please give me proper suggestion and babies arrival visa…

  25. sara khan says:

    sir main saudi ariba main hon or mere husband b yah hai meri beti Pakistan main hai wo 11th months ki hai mere husband (saiq khas) k visa hai or mera (house maid )ka hai jo ab mere husband k name par hai kay meri beti yah askti hai plz reply kara main bhoat parshan hon

  26. sajan says:

    seeking your kind advise as i am facing problem for my new born baby iqama . when we arrive the saudi ariport they put entry number for my baby passport and we approch passport office to make iqama for her but they are saying that my child entry number they put it as visiti visa so i could not able to make iqama for her and is there any posibility to change it as permanent visa when i go to same airport.

  27. Gokulnathan says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am an Indian and i have completed my diploma in civil engineering…my profession in iqama is cad operator …
    i can bring my family with this profession…and what is procedure for getting family visa.?

  28. Umm Ubayd says:

    Dear Admin

    I wanted to know what imuunizations are needed for a newborn to enter The Kingdom? The child will be just under 3 months.

    Will look forward to your speedy response

  29. Shakkir says:

    Dear Respected Admin

    The new born baby visa stamped from india and after came to saudi arabia , i want to pay the 2000 S.R visa manoey?.if need to pay what i did in india stamping mean?(only for travelling)

  30. Sankar says:

    I have a 8 months old baby and i had enquired in the Chennai Saudia office. They had advised that we can bring the child upto 1 year with on arrival visa. Hence, i am proceeding in bringing them on-board here.


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