Resources

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/saudi-arabia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Arab News (www.arabnews.com) Up-to-the-minute news from a Saudi perspective.

Saudi Tourism (www.sauditourism.com.sa) Some useful information and pointers.

Saudi Arabian Information Resources (www.saudinf.com) History, culture, economics and helpful links.

What to Take

  • Bags of patience for the Saudi bureaucracy
  • High-factor suncream
  • Good walking sandals
  • Arabic phrase book
  • International Driving Permit
  • Light head scarf (less conspicuous than a sunhat)
  • Reusable bottle with a filter: tap water is not safe to drink
  • Abaya (robe-like dress) and scarf for women

What to Wear

Saudi Arabia has a conservative dress code. Men should wear bottoms that drop below the knee and tops that are elbow length, while women must wear abayas (robe-like dresses) and scarves in public.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Valid visa (check for entry/exit restrictions)
  • Women: bring a scarf and an abaya (robe-like dress) in carry-on luggage
  • If arriving for pilgrimage, ensure you have the relevant vaccines and certificates
  • Arrange travel insurance
  • If planning to drive, apply for an International Driving Permit