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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is following with great interest the complaints of many of our expatriate children residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about the delay in issuing new passports, which is due in large part to what the past period has witnessed, and since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, of a significant increase in passport requests Traveling in our embassies and consulates abroad is at the usual rate, due to stop-over or irregular flight procedures in many countries of the world, including the Arab Gulf states, where the largest Egyptian communities reside.
The number of daily passport issuance requests in the two consulates general in both Riyadh and Jeddah, for example, has reached nearly three times the daily numbers before the Corona pandemic, in addition to what the stoppage or irregularity of air traffic has led to from the accumulation of more than 10 thousand passport issuance forms with Our other missions around the world, which led to increased pressure on the authorities concerned with issuing passports in the Arab Republic of Egypt and its impact on the rate of issuance of passports, especially with the precautionary measures that are also applied to counter the spread of the Corona virus.
In spite of the foregoing, the Ministry hastened in coordination with the concerned authorities in order to work to accelerate the procedures for obtaining passports, which resulted in the issuance of 53120 passports during the period from January to April of this year, and the rate of what is currently sent of passports to The two general consulates in both Riyadh and Jeddah and deliver it to citizens about 3000 passports per week.
For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to intensify consular missions during the coming period to residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the most populous cities that are far from the capital, to provide all consular services to Egyptian citizens residing there. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also issued instructions to the Egyptian embassy in Riyadh and our consulates in both Riyadh and Jeddah to ensure the prompt availability of all appropriate means and conditions to facilitate the provision of consular services to citizens.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also directed the consular sector and the information technology and digital transformation sector in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to quickly finalize the development of an automated mechanism to end the procedures for electronic filling of forms, which will contribute to shortening and simplifying procedures for obtaining passports.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges citizens to communicate directly, in case of any complaints, with the consular sector via e-mail to [email protected], or to submit their complaints through the government complaints portal.