– breaking the law can result in severe punishment, including the death penalty.
See local laws and customs in our travel advice for Saudi Arabia.
Dual nationality is not legally recognised in Saudi Arabia. Your sponsor usually processes the Iqama within 3 months of you arriving in Saudi Arabia.
Married women require their husband’s permission to leave Saudi Arabia, while unmarried women and children require the permission of their father or male guardian.
Men can drive in Saudi Arabia for up to 3 months using a full valid British licence.
After 3 months, you’ll need a Saudi driving licence – your sponsor can help you with this.
Your invitation to Saudi Arabia is provided by your sponsor – this is normally your employer.
Your sponsor will also arrange your Iqama (residency permit).