KSA Issues New Public Behavior Guidelines

Saudi Arabia has issued new regulations relating to public decency as the country begins to issue tourist visas to visitors from 49 countries for the first time.

The Minister of the Interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, approved the new rules on Friday, which identify 19 offenses that are punishable by fines, a statement said.


The new regulations will help ensure that visitors and tourists in the Kingdom are aware of laws that concern public behavior and are in compliance with Saudi law. 

Men and women are required to dress modestly and to refrain from public displays of affection. Women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing.

Saudi police officers will be 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 appeal any fines. 

The Kingdom encourages tourists and visitors to familiarize themselves with public decency laws in order to avoid a fine, and looks forward to welcoming everyone from around the world, the statement added.