> Marc Schindler:
> ... Saudi Arabia can issue visas to allow foreigners to visit
> *their* country (although good luck if you're a woman or a
> tourist -- hajj and business visas are pretty well all that
> Saudi Arabia issues).
> _______________
> Saudi visas are an invitation to enter the Kingdom as a
> guest of the king.  Upon entering, it is government policy
> that a person obtain permission from the king to leave the
> country.  Hence, after obtaining an entry visa to go to Saudi
> Arabia, one must then apply for and obtain an exit visa in
> order to leave.

Ah, exit visas are a whole 'nother matter, and you're right, some countries
require them (East Germany used to, too).  But I got the impression Dan was
talking about *entry* visas and somehow was under the impression that the Saudis
issued entry visas to the *US*, which is of course, backwards.

> Being in country under those circumstances causes a very
> interesting feeling to one, such as I, who is accustomed to
> the freedoms of the US of A.
> Larry Jackson

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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