While you are traveling in or through the UAE, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Cities[ edit ] Riyadh - the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom. Jeddah Jeddah - nicknamed the Bride of the Red sea, it is a large metropolitan city with an outstandingly beautiful old town and an amazing waterfront. It has historically served as the gateway to Mecca and still holds that honor containing the closest international airport to the Holy City.
Mecca Mecca - the historical and spiritual heart of Islam, it contains the ridiculously vast Holy Mosque, parts of which are thousands of years old.
Abha - a summer tourist mountain resort city in the southwest. Rijal Almaa - a stone village with tall buildings accented in gleaming white quartz. Najran - a remarkable fortress. Taif - the historical summer capital where the royals and common folks flocked during the hot months of summer.
It is also known for its fruit, especially its prickly pears. Expect significant variations in the English spellings of place names in schedules and even road signs: Al Wajh and Wedjh are the same place.
The electronic visa for Saudi Arabia will be available soon. The Saudi Arabia eVisa has been designed to open up Saudi Arabia to tourism My Kingdom will survive only insofar as it remains a country difficult to access, where the foreigner will have no other aim, with his task fulfilled, but to get out.
The only significant exception is citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations. Also exempt from visa requirements are foreigners transiting through airports for less than eighteen hours, but many other entry requirements, such as the dress code and restrictions on unaccompanied females, still apply.
Nationals of Israel and those with evidence of visiting Israel will be denied visas, although merely being Jewish in and of itself is not a disqualifying factor.
There are, however, anecdotal reports of would-be visitors who tick the "Jewish" or "Atheist" boxes on their visa application having trouble.
Saudis prefer not to grant visas to unaccompanied women, but work permits are common in some fields — esp. Tourist visas, previously available for groups of at least four on guided tours, were "suspended" in late Recently the Saudi government has decided to begin to reissue tourist visas fromalthough not much information on the scheme has been released yet such as if you can travel independently or only in tour groups however it is expected to run for minimum one year and potentially further if the program is a success.
Transit visas are limited to some long-distance truck drivers and for plane trips, but are generally issued free of charge.
However, it is relatively easy to obtain a transit visa to drive through Saudi if you are legally physically present in an adjacent country and demonstrate the need to drive through Saudi to another adjacent country. Hajj pilgrimage visas are issued by the Saudi government through Saudi embassies around the world in cooperation with local mosques.
Pilgrims and those on transit visas are prohibited from travelling freely throughout the kingdom, and during Hajj season getting a visa of any kind tends to be more difficult. Most short-term Western visitors to Saudi arrive on business visas, which require an invitation from a local sponsor which has been approved by the Saudi Chamber of Commerce.
Once this invitation is secured and certified, the actual process of issuing the visa is relatively fast and painless, taking anything from one day to three months.
Word has it that the "new visas" electronically generated are only available through agencies within your country of residence. Getting a work visa is considerably more complex, but usually your employer will handle most of the paperwork.
While the validity is noted in months, these are not Western months but lunar months, and you need to use the Islamic calendar to figure out the length: If you have a work or student visa, exit visas are required to leave the country. Business, tourism, transit, or Hajj visas do not require exit permits.
For example, if a foreign company is sued in Saudi for non-payment of debts and you are considered its representative, an exit visa may be denied until the court case is sorted out. Be very careful of such cases as the paperwork regarding such issues would take months to resolve.
And can live, work, and travel freely in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has very strict rules for what may be imported: If you are unsure if the movie you watch or the video game you play is deemed un-Islamic, it would probably be best not to bring them with you to the kingdom.
Note that western families driving through on a valid transit visa are generally waved through the customs inspection.
Be very careful with carrying any narcotics, Drug possession is punishable by death. There are many banned materials by the Saudi government including poppy seeds and nutmeg, consult the embassy before traveling, and a general rule of thumb is to not carry any products that could get you in trouble!
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