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Can I perform Umrah while on a Saudi Arabian visit e-visa

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 ...
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?

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 ...
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How does one get a visa to go to Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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Are there any areas in Mecca that non-Muslims are allowed to enter under Saudi Arabian law?

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 ...
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Can a Muslim woman visit Medina Mosques as tourist independently?

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 ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?

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 ...
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Saudi Arabia Transit Visa

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 ...
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Alcohol in checked-in baggage in transit through Saudi Arabia with Saudi Airlines

In addition to the "better safe than sorry" case, I finally found a link which makes it explicitly clear: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/SA-Saudi-Arabia-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-...
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UK visit visa refused twice: first for funds parking, then for questionable purpose of travel. Should I reapply?

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 ...
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Abaya standards in Saudi Arabia

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 ...
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Has Saudi Arabia already started issuing tourist visas in 2018, or when do they intend to begin?

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, ...
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Is Saudia New York City-New Delhi flight ok?

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, ...
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Can I perform Umrah while on a Saudi Arabian visit e-visa

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, ...
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How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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How safe is it for "Western" Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?

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 ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina?

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 ...
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Can I get a Saudi Arabian transit visa if driving from UAE to Jordan by car?

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 ...
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Visit visa to Saudi Arabia

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) Fees A copy of ...
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Can I bring tobacco, betel nut and edible lime in Saudi Arabia from India?

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) ...
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Is a transit visa required in Jeddah for a Zimbabwean?

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 ...
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How to get Saudi Arabian transit visa for road travel?

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'...
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Travelling with infant who stops being an infant during the trip (turns 2)

I came back without any issue :)
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What are the necessary contents of an "Islamic certificate" required for a convert to perform Hajj pilgrimage?

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 ...
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What does Timatic mean by saying: Only one transit stop-over in Saudi Arabia is permitted

The fault in your logic is presuming that "Transit Without Visa" and "Airside transit" are the same thing - they are not. Airside transit does not allow you to leave the international transit area of ...
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How does one get a visa to go to Saudi Arabia?

In September 2019 Saudi Arabia announced it is going to open its borders for tourists with a new visa regime. BBC: Saudi Arabia's tourist spots you are now free to visit The Saudi Visa Portal ...
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Saudi Arabia - Internet censorship/privacy and data security

To answer your first question, yes they do random checks on laptops and disks, but this is rare. In my last 15 years I only had it once. They suspected some CDs on me and checked them, they also ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?

I will give you general role about fatwas. Anyone can give a Fatwa in Islam :) The person who gives fatwa has to prove his fatwa with some kind of proof. Even given proof doesn't mean the fatwa ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

The Saudis are less concerned about anti-"religious" books per se, than about anti-Muslim books. The greatest danger lies with anything that is anti-Mohammed, or anti-Islam, or even anti-clergy (...
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia started to issue tourist visas online and on arrival from 28 September 2019.
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