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How to Easily Obtain a Visitor SIM Card in Saudi Arabia

Whether you are visiting Saudi Arabia for vacation, business, ziyara, Hajj, or Umrah, staying connected with friends and family is essential. This article will guide you through the process of obtaining a SIM card in Saudi Arabia, covering the available options, required documents, and how to acquire your SIM card hassle-free.

STC-SAWA Visitor

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) offers “Sawa VisitorSIM cards tailored for visitors to Saudi Arabia, providing affordable packages starting with just 35 Saudi Riyals which includes 120 local minutes, 2GB of data, and a 3 week validity. To acquire a Sawa Visitor SIM card, you can visit any STC branch in the country. Alternatively, you can book a number online by visiting the STC website: However, you must visit the STC office to activate the number upon your arrival in the kingdom.

Sawa Visitor Packages, STC, Hajj, Umrah, Visitor SIM

Mobily-Visitor Package

Mobily offers “Visitors Package” a special telecom package for pilgrims and visitors designed to cater to various needs at competitive prices. Mobily’s Visitors Packages provide numerous benefits, including local and international minutes and internet services. The packages start with 34.5 SAR, which includes 20 SAR normal credit, 20 national calling minutes, 200 MB of data, and a 30-day validity.

Normal Credit20 SAR
National Minutes20100200UL1000
Flex Minutes50200
International Minutes200
Data – GB0.2 GB2 GB15 GB3 GB10 GB20 GB8 GB
Social Media – GB10 GBULUL
International Credit10 SAR20 SAR60 SAR
Renewal Code to 1100only Package786278677863786678647865
Bundles Validity30 days30 days14 days30 days30 days14 days30 days


Zain, another renowned telecom company in Saudi Arabia, offers attractive Visitor SIM packages. Their packages start at 34.5 SAR and include 50 local minutes, 3 GB of data, 1 GB of social media data, and a two-week validity period.

Zain Visitor SIM Packages

Where to Obtain a Visitor SIM in Saudi Arabia

Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, you can conveniently acquire a visitor SIM card at the airport. All major Saudi mobile service providers have outlets located within the airport premises. Additionally, if you prefer to obtain your SIM card later, simply visit any of the service carriers’ outlets across the country to choose the most suitable package for your needs.

Documents and Procedures for Activating a SIM Card

To activate your SIM card in Saudi Arabia, you will need to provide the following documents:

Additionally, you will be required to give your fingerprints for biometric registration. Once you complete the registration process and make the payment for your chosen plan, your SIM card will be ready to use.


Obtaining a SIM card in Saudi Arabia as a visitor is a straightforward process, with several providers offering tailored packages to suit different needs. By following this guide and selecting the right package for your requirements, you can ensure that you stay connected with your loved ones during your trip to this fascinating country.


Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.
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