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New procedural changes allow Saudi Arabian women above 21 to obtain passports, renew them, and travel freely without the permission of a male guardian, Saudi newspaper Okaz reports. The decree was signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.  

According to the decree, the right of every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, and travel only limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors.

According to Princess Reema bint Bandar; “the amendments are designed to elevate the status of Saudi women within our society, including granting them the right to apply for passports and travel independently…These new regulations are history in the making. They call for the equal engagement of women and men in our society. It is a holistic approach to gender equality that will unquestionably create real change for Saudi women.”