What should you know before you visit Saudi Arabia?

What should you know before you visit Saudi Arabia?

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For the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia has introduced a Tourist Visa. Citizens of more 49 countries across the globe can now apply for a Saudi Tourist Visa.

You have to be over 18 to apply for a Tourist Visa for Saudi Arabia. The new Tourist Visa is multiple-entry and is valid for one year. You are allowed a maximum stay of 90 days at a time. The visa will cost you $120 approximately.

According to Arab News, 24,000 tourists have applied for the visa within the first ten days of the launch.

Here is what you should know about Saudi Arabia before you plan your trip:

Safety

If you wonder if Saudi Arabia is a safe country, then worry not because Saudi Arabia is indeed safe. Yet, you must be respectful of the local rules and customs. You should also make sure to consult travel advisories before you plan your trip.

Public spaces

You should not be surprised to find separate entrances and seating areas for men and women. Public display of affection is a big taboo.

Make sure to seek permission before you take pictures of the locals. Not doing so is considered a punishable offence under the public code of conduct.

Vandalism, dress code violations, and playing music during prayer times are also considered public offences.

New rules allow female tourists to roam the country without the body-covering Abaya. However, everyone should dress modestly and avoid tight or revealing clothes.

Prayer time is five times per day and stores, and restaurants close during this time. Hence, you should plan your itinerary, keeping the prayer times in mind.

Alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. Sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol is a punishable offence.

Social customs

Saudi Arabians are generally friendly and generous. They often invite visitors inside their homes to share a meal of coffee. Often, they extend their hospitality by giving you a small gift or by offering you food. It is considered rude to refuse such an offer.

It is considered extremely impolite to accept food or drinks with your left hand.

Make sure always to remove your shoes when entering a Saudi home. Keep them on only if the host says so.

You can make a good impression on your hosts if you familiarize yourself with Saudi customs and rituals. The standard Saudi greeting is “Marhaban” which means “Welcome”. You should respond with “Marhabtain” which means “ I give you two welcomes”.

Do not extend a handshake to a woman unless she offers first. It is better to place a hand on your heart and say hello instead.

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