Look Ma, No Passport

Saudi women will be allowed to travel to GCC member countries using the national ID card (no passport needed) just like their countrymen, a senior official told al-Watan Tuesday. Women, however, will still need the permission of their male guardians to leave the country. But the infamous yellow slip is gone. The paper permission has been scrapped and replaced with an electronic permission that is stored in the government databases. Now every time a woman leaves the country, her male guardian gets a text message notifying him of her departure. Progress?

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