NPRA ready to offer all facilities to F1 visitors

Assistant Undersecretary of Ports, Search and Follow-up at the Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) Brigadier Abdulrahman Saleh Al Sinan said on Wednesday that the passport control offices at ports were ready to receive visitors to the Bahrain Grand Prix (Formula 1).

He said the staff was ready with state-of-the-art technology to handle the expected increase in the number of arrivals to the Kingdom and the rush at ports that had started from this week.

The traffic had increased by 62.85% at all ports compared with the same period last week. The King Fahad Causeway traffic had shown a 76.84% increase because of the mid-tem break in the academic year in Saudi Arabia.

He said the NPRA was prepared to take the steps required to ensure a smooth movement of travellers during F1, including the issuance of F1 visas that are issued in with many privileges, including permission for a two-week stay. Travellers from 67 countries could obtain them on arrival where those from 114 countries could apply for them online.

He praised the passport employees at all ports for facilitating paperwork and other tasks.

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