As already mentioned before, any expatriate has to obtain an exit / reentry visa if he wants to go out of the kingdom and re-enter. The rule is that he has to leave the kingdom within 2 months from the date of stamping the exit / reentry visa (if not there is a fine of SR 1000) and has to return within the date specified on the visa.
Let's take a special case when due to some reason an expat leaves the kingdom on vacation or any other reason, but is unable to enter the kingdom within the date specified. Under normal circumstances, he would not be able to enter the kingdom, because technically his visa has already expired. However, there is still a provision by which he can re-enter, though the procedure is a bit cumbersome.
- Renew your iqama well in advance, and particularly if you are going on vacation. Never be under a false sense of security that you could always renew it after arriving back in the kingdom. Remember, the only thing certain in Saudi Arabia is uncertainty!
- Always carry a photocopy of your iqama with you, whenever you go out of the country.