India today said family tax being imposed by Saudi government will be applicable to relatives and friends visiting Indian workers in the gulf nation.
Responding to a query on this tax which will come into effect from 1st of next month, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said India will take up the issue with the Saudi authorities if it affects Indian expats adversely.
He clarified that this tax is not visa fee which is based on reciprocity. The spokesman said Indian workers go there for jobs and most of them do not take their families along with them.
The fee which is being imposed by Saudi Arabia is nearly 100 riyals.