Saudi Arabia: Indian nationals no longer need Police Clearance Certificate to obtain visa
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has decided to exempt Indian nationals from submitting a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) to obtain a visa to travel to the country.
In an announcement issued on Thursday, the embassy said, “In light of the strong relations and strategic partnership between the Kingdom and India, PCC is no longer a requirement for citizens from India to obtain a travel visa to Saudi Arabia.”
“This decision was taken as part of the efforts of the two countries to strengthen their relations, and the embassy appreciates the contribution of more than two million Indian citizens who live peacefully in the Kingdom,” the embassy added.
The exemption of police clearance for a visa would be faster application processing, easier administration by tourism companies, and one less document for tourists to process.
The Indian community of 2.2 million is the largest expatriate community in Saudi Arabia, and it is also one of the largest concentrations of Indians in Western Asia. While many Indians have returned to India during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people returning to Saudi Arabia for work.
Why PCC issued?
Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is issued to Indian Passport holders in case they have applied for residential status, employment or long term visa or for immigration.