Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that it will be replacing visa stickers with e-visas in seven countries, including the UAE.

The Kingdom's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that instead of the sticker that is usually placed on an individual's passport, QR codes will be used.

Initially, it will be introduced in Saudi Arabia's missions in the UAE, India, Jordan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the ministry added.

The move comes as part of efforts to automate consular services and "develop a mechanism for granting different kinds of visas, including work, residence, and visit visas", according to a report on the Saudi Gazette.

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