Visa and Immigration Procedures to Saudi Arabia
Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates do not require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. All other visitors must obtain a visa in advance to enter the country. As the visa situation is very strictly regulated and detailed, please inquire with a Saudi Arabian embassy or consulate for further details and procedures.
Things/Items Allowed into Saudi Arabia
Drug possession is punishable by death, and alcohol is also illegal to import. However, travelers are allowed to bring in 600 individual cigarettes. Other prohibited items include pork.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Saudi Arabia
• Human Body Parts
• Fake Money
• Military Items
Things/Items Forbidden into Saudi Arabia
• Alcohol and Drugs
• Pornographic Material
• Military Items
• Night Vision Binoculars
Voice of Travelers to Saudi Arabia
I flew from London to Jeddah on Saudi Arabian Airlines, economy class ticket because of their unbeatable air ticket price. Obtaining an air ticket was easy from their website. The experience was better than expected, the aircraft was good with ample entertainment with good comfort and quality food, and we were served with breakfast and snacks before landing. The customer care service on checking the air ticket was quite good and it made the air ticket checking fast. While in Jeddah I visited the floating Mosque that has a great view of the red sea and the King’s Fountain that is just awesome. I visited the World's tallest unsupported Flagpole that is located on a roundabout and a great landmark. Anyone traveling should consider shopping at the Red Sea Mall which is a real thrilling experience with affordable products. Although traffic is heavy during peak hours I enjoyed my stay in Saudi Arabia before returning on the economy class air ticket.
Service on another level
I took a business class flight air ticket from Amsterdam to Riyadh on Emirates Airlines. The online air ticket purchase system was easy. We produced our air ticket at the airport and the airport attendants were awesome and the air ticket checking was smooth. The business class ticket flat bed seats were new and clean. Their entertainment system worked great. The onboard meal tasted great. During my business trip, I managed to visit the Ushaiger Heritage village that has iconic mud buildings and the Edge of the world where we hiked with colleagues. I had an awesome experience and I would like to visit again. On my return air ticket, I traveled with Saudia Airline on the business class air ticket.
Saudi Arabia Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the food like in Saudi Arabia?
A. In Saudi Arabia, they have Middle Eastern cuisine (such as tabouleh, hummus, pita, baba ghanoush, etc.), in addition to this there is Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Filipino, Mexican, Turkish, and Indian. For a taste of "home," the standard American chains such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dunkin' Donuts, and Dairy Queen are available.
Q. Can I use credit cards in Saudi Arabia?
A. Saudi Arabia is generally a cash society, but credit cards are accepted in major department stores, chain hotels, and major hotel restaurants. Generally, other outdoor souks do not accept credit cards. Occasionally machines have trouble with "chip cards."
Q. Can I drive a car in Saudi Arabia?
A. Men can drive on the condition that they have obtained a driving license but women are not permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia. There are free shuttle buses to and from residential areas to common shopping destinations throughout the city. Taxis are available in addition to Uber and other taxi applications.
Saudi Arabia - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toKing Abdulaziz International Airport• Heathrow Airport
• Dubai-International Airport
• Kuala Lumpur–International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toKing Khalid International Airport• Paris–Charles de Gaulle
• Abu Dhabi
Airports handling direct flights toKing Fahd International Airport• Delhi
• Addis Ababa
Airports handling direct flights toAl-Ahsa International Airport• Cairo
Airports handling direct flights toPrince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport• Istanbul-Atatürk
Flight Routes to Saudi Arabia
The King Abdulaziz International Airport (Jeddah) is the busiest airport, followed by King Khalid International Airport (Riyadh) and King Fahd International Airport(Dammam). The national carrier of Saudi Arabia is Saudi Arabian Airlines. Most all European airlines fly to Saudi Arabia.