Here how it goes:
After you pass the passport control desk, you will pass the customs desk. The guys at the customs desk will scan the luggage, if they found books or CDs they might ask you to show them. If they do not like them from the cover, they will take the books and/or CDs and give you a slip. The books will be sent to a department where they will ...
Yes, you can perform Umrah while on a visit eVisa.
From the official eVisa website:
8.7 An eVisa is granted solely for tourist purposes or for the purpose of performing a umrah and it is not considered a visa for work. If you are granted an eVisa, you must not take up paid employment during your visit to KSA.
TL;DR: It's complicated, but in practice, yes, building snowmen is still allowed for everybody.
A fatwa is not a law, it's a ruling by an Islamic scholar that's technically only binding on the person who issued it, not all Muslims in Saudi Arabia, much less all people there. This particular fatwa does not appear to originate from the Permanent Committee, ...
UPDATE as at September 28, 2019:
Effective today, Saudi Arabia has started issuing tourist visas to the nationals of 49 countries, including Canada (which was the country originally being asked about in this question)
eVisas can be obtained via the official Saudi Visa Website, or on arrival in Saudi via a kiosk, at a cost of around US$125.
There are no such temples in Saudi Arabia - source: 26+ years of living there.
There are way more Christians in Saudi Arabia than Buddhists - but there are no churches in Saudi Arabia either.
It is enshrined in the law - which states that all people are free to practice their religion in private only. Public houses of worship for other religions are not ...
Mecca (or Makkah as pronounced in Arabic) is a region in Saudi Arabia, one of its cities is Mecca (clearly, the same name as the region's name). Other cities include Jeddah and Taif, which anyone can visit.
So, if you mean the city, then the answer is mostly No, if you mean the region, then the answer is Yes.
Going back to the city, according to Islam (...
Sorry, you can't. Women under 45 are not granted pilgrimage visas unless they travel with a male guardian, and even if you're over 45, you need to travel with a group. Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the US:
4) All women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram [male guardian, see Wikipedia]. Proof of
kinship must be submitted with the ...
A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law.
This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically in those cases, the rulings are done by a central committee (as in Saudi Arabia) and not just any goof with mouth.
In Saudi, there have been some insane "fatwas"...
TWOV (Transit without visa) via Saudi Arabia:
Passengers transiting through Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED) or
Riyadh (RUH) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to
a third country within 12 hours. They must stay in the
international transit area of the airport and have documents
required for the next destination.
I do ...
In addition to the "better safe than sorry" case, I finally found a link which makes it explicitly clear:
Prohibited (also for transit passengers): alcoholic beverages,
firearms or other lethal weapons; drugs of narcotic nature (except
medicines for ...
You have applied for entry clearance twice and have been refused both times. Your refusal notices are very helpful in composing an answer...
1- Is it wise to reapply for third time by providing the required evidence. A friend of mine told me that it is useless as their comments are baseless and they simply dont want to issue me the visa. I dont think that ...
Saudi vision 2030, which is a nationwide vision of the future of Saudi Arabia mainly about finding other sources of income beside oil, has tourism as one of the items. It's coming for sure but when, no one knows yet. I have spent some time trying to get an expected date for this, with no luck.
All the official sources just list it as one of the items. ...
Preface: I'm not a designer or a clotheshorse so these descriptions may be a bit rough
Abaya just means "cloak"; there are many kinds of abaya, just like there are many kinds of jackets/coats.
Just like most other things, the interpretation of the abaya varies differently from one region to the next. For example in the UAE abayas have large flowing sleeves ...
Saudia is a major international airline with a perfectly good safety record, you shouldn’t have any trouble.
A few caveats to be aware of:
Saudia is a completely dry airline. Alcohol is not served, and you can’t bring any in your luggage. The same goes for other things that are banned in Saudi Arabia like pork products. This question has more details.
Yes, you can perform Umrah on a Saudi Arabian e-visa.
From this news article:
Among the most important features of the Saudi tourist visa, is the visa holder can benefit from it in performing Umrah, women need not be accompanied by a male relative, other than in the Haj season, and there is no need for a sponsor (kafeel) the way it is required for work ...
Here is the cheapest way to be something like backpacker in Saudi Arabia.
I did it before couple of years :)
You should have membership of the "Saudi Arabian Youth Hostels Association"
The membership is for 200 Riyal=53 dollar for a whole year. (There is no other options only whole year).
You can have it if you are older than 15 years.
And you can ...
Yes you can, a few years ago Saudi Arabia began to allow this and now people on Umrah/Hajj visas can visit any place in Saudi Arabia and it is not limited to Makkah and Madinah only as it was before.
Just make sure to carry your Hajj/Umrah visa with you.
Growing up in Saudi Arabia and now living in Kuwait, I can corroborate what @MeNoTalk has said, and will add the following:
All road signs are clearly marked in English and Arabic.
Make sure you carry with you the identification documents for your hajj hamla (caravan).
English is not an issue when walking around the Haram, as most shopkeepers will speak ...
The visa fee is one hundred and eight U.S. dollars ($108.00) for U.S.
passport holders; for non-U.S. passport holders the fee is fifty-four
U.S. dollars ($54.00) for a single entry and one hundred and
thirty-four U.S. dollars ($134.00) for multiple entries.
Requirements of travel visa is here
Requirements of family visa is here
Non-muslims are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia freely.
However, they are prohibited from entering two areas:
The entire city of Makkah.
The city of Medina, except for the outskirts (most notably, the area around the airport and its surroundings). They are strictly prohibited near the center of the city, near the areas of the Prophet's Mosque. There is a ...
A transit visa is indeed possible (they are issued all the time to commercial vehicle drivers and third country nationals), but recently they have stopped issuing them for non-nationals - and issue them on a case-by-case basis.
By national I mean citizen of the destination country; for example an Egyptian national traveling by road from UAE to Egypt.
Depending on what category of visa your dad has, he can apply for a visit visa for you.
You would need:
A passport (or travel document) valid for 6 months.
Photos (white background)
A copy of your father's iqama (the resident card) which should be current. Keep in mind in Saudi they use Hijri dates - today is 15/01/1438.
A copy of the printout from ...
While this Saudi Airlines page says:
If the infant reaches the age of 2 years prior to their return journey, they must pay the applicable child fare, taxes, fees and charges for that part of the journey.
In reality things are different, as long as the ticket is issued then it is ok and no one checks and the system only checks the date of the infant as of ...
Tobacco - 500g
500g is the max allowed quantity of any tobacco product other than cigarettes and cigars. However, chewing tobacco is prohibited Source 1 (in Arabic), Source 2 (in Arabic)
Betel Nut - 1 Kg.
Prohibited. Source (in Arabic)
Edible lime - 500g
No specific law for this product, but in general importing factory sealed food ...
Airlines use Timatic to display information about visas necessary for particular travelers going (or transiting in) a specific place. Putting your information into the Timatic web interface yields this:
26FEB19 / 1441 UTC
National Zimbabwe (ZW)
Transit Saudi Arabia (SA)
Destination Zimbabwe (ZW)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION ...
If you already have a multiple entry visa for Saudi; just go to any Waseet agent (they are handling the Saudi Embassy visa process).
You'll find them in Hawally behind the Nugra Complex (North).
You'll need to bring:
Visa for Bahrain
Passports of your family members.
Pictures (blue background)
Cash (as they don't take cards, but there is an ATM in the ...
I didn't realize that seat belt laws in Saudi Arabia are nothing close to what they are here. So why would they care about car-seats?
Here's what I ended up doing:
Mini-Bus: Our travel agent sent us a mini-bus (local school bus), which is somewhat safer (and slower) than a traditional taxi. This covered two trips (to Mecca, and to the airport)
Coach Bus: ...
The phone should still work as long as it didn't die in the meantime - but you can try that out at home.
The question is more whether the sim card still works. I assume it won't. In most countries sim cards expire if you don't use them. Sometimes after 3 months, sometimes after 3 years, so after 7 years it very likely did. So even if the phone still works, ...
There are simple requirements to convert to Islam; you simply have to say the Shahada (the below is the Sunni version, which is the one usually quoted):
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلله
lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāh muḥammadun rasūlu llāh
IPA: [laː ʔɪˈlaːha ˈʔɪl.lɑɫˈɫɑː mʊħamˈmadʊn raˈsuːlʊlˈɫɑː]
There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God....