Saudi Arabia, The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, المملكة العربية السعودية al-Mamlakah al-‘Arabiyyah as-Sa‘ūdiyyah is the second largest Middle Eastern country and is well known for vast oil reserves and holy sites for Islamic faith followers. Many people refer to Saudi Arabia as The Land of the Two Holy Mosques which refers to Masjid al Haram and Al-Masjid al Nabawi, which are the two holiest places in Islam. In fact when applying for a Saudi Visa, many of the applications and invitation letters will be prefaced with a similar phrase.
Saudi Arabia is a relatively new country having only been established in 1938. They have quickly risen to become the number one oil exporter and a major military power in the Persian Gulf. In recent times the Kingdom has also become a leading figure in social rights and has begun to relax its stance on Sharia law.
Sharia law are the guidelines for common law in Saudi Arabia and all individuals entering Saudi Arabia must abide by these laws. In fact when applying for a visa, the Embassy will ask you to sign a copy of the Declaration of Laws which makes sure you have acknowledged their laws and are aware of the corresponding punishment if such a law was broken.
Saudi Arabian currency is based on Riyals with a code of SAR on the international market. The Riyal is the paper form of currency and each Riyal is subdivided into 100 Halas which are coins. The Riyal is set at a fixed currency rate per IMF’s special drawing practices. 1 Riyal=.26667 dollars and 1 dollar=3.75 riyals. Money can be exchanged upon entering the country after your passport has been approved for entry.
Entering Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries which have stringent entry and exit rules. Upon entering the country you will be asked to surrender your passport for at least 24 to 48 hrs and you may be asked to take blood testing, fingerprinting, and retinal scans.
Travel throughout the Kingdom is restricted to what type and where your visa allows you access. Saudi Arabia is a relatively dangerous country and there are extreme elements of terrorism present. The State Department consistently puts out travel warnings. Please click on the link to read about the most recent travel warning.
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