DFA warns Filipino travelers to Saudi Arabia

October 09, 2019

FILIPINO travelers to Saudi Arabia were advised to adhere to a new regulation related to public decency to avoid committing offenses and paying fines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday issued a public advisory after the Saudi Arabian Kingdom identified 19 offenses punishable by fines.

The DFA encouraged Filipino travelers to familiarize themselves with Saudi public decency laws to avoid violations.

The new regulation helps ensure that travelers to Saudi Arabia are reminded of laws that concern public behavior, including rules on immodest clothing, public display of affection, taking photos or videos of people without permission and playing music at prayer times.

Saudi Arabia identified the Saudi Police as the sole authority responsible for monitoring offenses and imposing fines.

Offenders have the right to submit a grievance claim before the Common Courtesy Department and to appeal any penalties.

Any person harmed by offenders shall have the right to file a lawsuit, the DFA said.