Saudi Arabia international travel advice

Landscape view of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Saudi Arabia is part of Asia with main city at Riyadh. Its Developing country with a population of 32M people. The main currency is Saudi Riyal. The languages spoken are Arabic. the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the formal name of Saudi Arabia It is adviced to Reconsider your need to travel Get useful information like travel advice, temperatures, rainfall, socket plugs, languages spoken, SIM cards, ATM, currencies, road rules and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~15.52 °C   🌧 ~6.00 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 32M people


⚠️ Travel advice

Reconsider your need to travel

We've reviewed our travel advice for Saudi Arabia. We haven't changed our advice level: Reconsider your need to travel to Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and political tension. Highest level applies in some parts of the country.

issued date: January 22, 2020


🌤️ Temperature

🌧 Rainfall


🔌 Sockets

Saudi Arabia uses 230V, 60Hz with socket and plug Type G.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Arabic


💱 Currencies Used

Saudi Arabia uses the Saudi riyal (symbol: ?.?), code SAR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 50, 10, 5 and 1 riyals. Riyal is subdivided into 100 halalas. Coins come in denominations of 50, 25, 10 and 5 halalas.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are very common in Saudi Arabia. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

💁‍♂️ Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is quite common in Saudi Arabia and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.


📡 Internet

Internet speed in Saudi Arabia is on average 3.4 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Saudi Arabia is low. It is not as easy to find one.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 43.99 SAR, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Mobily, STC or Zain. Saudi Arabia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Saudi Arabia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

📞 Calling

To call Saudi Arabia, dial +, then 966 (the country code for Saudi Arabia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Saudi Arabia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 11 .


🛣️ Road rules

In Saudi Arabia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on undivided highways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways and 40-80 km/h (24-49 mph) in all built-up areas.

🆘 Emergency







Fire department


Last updated: January 1, 2020