Saudi Arabia has reduced visit visa fees drastically for Pakistanis effective from February 15, according to a press statement of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad.

The visit visa fee for single entry has been reduced from SR2,000 ($533) to SR338 ($90) while the fee for multiple entry visa has been slashed from SR3,000 ($800) to SR675 ($180), Saudi Gazette reported.

The fee reduction has been announced ahead of the first official state visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan, beginning from Sunday.

This decision will help hundreds of thousands of Pakistani nationals working in the Kingdom to bring family members on visit visas.

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic relations.

“We are tied with Saudi Arabia in economic and social ties, based on Islamic brotherhood,” he said on Saturday.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia signed agreements worth $20 billion after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman arrived in Islamabad on Sunday evening.