Items Banned from bringing into Saudi Arabia

Some of the most commonly asked questions by Blue Abaya readers are related to the first move into Saudi Arabia or arriving for the first time as a visitor. Common concerns which expatriates face are questions over what they are allowed to take along with them when making the move to the Saudi Kingdom.

“Can I bring a Bible into Saudi Arabia?” “I heard it’s forbidden to take stuffed animals into Saudi Arabia, is this really true?” “Is vanilla extract that contains a tiny amount of alcohol safe to bring with me to Saudi?” “Can I bring my books, laptop, iPad, iPod, CD’s, DVD’s, memory cards and USB sticks in my luggage into KSA?” “Am I allowed to bring my personal medication, diabetes pens and injections with me on the plane?” Find the answers to these questions from the banned items list below.

“Is it possible to bring my pet cat and dog with me to Saudi Arabia?” Yes- check this guide to learn how

If you’re new to Saudi Arabia check out Blue Abaya’s useful Expat Guides

Flying to KSA for the first time? Read this post first! 

Check out the Saudi Arabia Import/Export Customs Regulations Check List

Complete list of PROHIBITED ITEMS according to Saudi Customs:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Alcohol-containing items, flavoring extracts, cooking wines, liquor, items containing liquor
  • Wine making kits, alcohol distilling equipment, books on manufacturing of such drinks or any foods with alcohol as ingredient such as vanilla extract.
  • Narcotics
  • Medicines WITHOUT prescription for personal use are prohibited and subject to possible confiscation) All kinds of medicines including injections for diabetic patients are allowed as long as they are accompanied by doctor’s prescription and is to be for personal use only
  • Dangerous and hazardous chemicals
  • Natural pearls (cultured pearls allowed in small quantity)
  • Radio transmitter/communication equipment (including walkie-talkies, short-wave, VHF, marine, police band equipment, etc.)
  • Binoculars, night-vision equipment or telescopic equipment, drones
  • Products containing pork
  • Products containing frog meat
  • All types of statues or objects of human or animal form which might be used for religious purposes such as Buddha figurines, religious carvings, altars etc. *Does not include kids toys such as stuffed animals, dolls.
  • Games of gambling (chess, dice, backgammon, poker chips, roulette etc.)
  • All weapons and firearms (real or ornamental), including guns, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, spears and other edged weapons, etc. (owner subject to investigation, fines, and/or imprisonment)
  • All Pornographic material such as books, DVD’s, magazines etc.  *Women’s Fashion magazines with images of models in revealing clothing might be confiscated.
  • Politically sensitive material
  • Articles and books contrary to Muslim or Saudi Arabian beliefs or morality will not be allowed into the country
  • Christmas trees, crosses, crucifixes, stars of david or any other items associated with religions other than the Muslim faith. *Bibles are allowed for personal use only, ie one Bible per person.
  • Military uniforms or equipment of any kind
  • Taxidermy, ivory, fur
  • Gemstones, jewelry
  • Israeli Shegel
  • Currency over value of 60,000 SAR needs to be declared

 

***Important notice

100% of all shipments, luggage, check-in and hand carried that enter Saudi Arabia are subject to inspection by one of the following means; X-Ray, sniffer dogs or manually.
Products may be selected at random by the inspecting Customs Officer. Delays may be incurred. Should the material be rejected by MOI following inspection it will be confiscated for destruction and cannot be returned to the owner.

The following products and commodities might be intercepted at the time of import and sent to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Information for review and approval:

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Compact discs – music or data files
  • Computer games, console games
  • DVD’s
  • Photographic media
  • Cards containing electronic information – e.g. satellite TV cards, ID cards, Maps
  • Laptops, touch screen devices

 

PETS-Check out the Importing Pets into Saudi Arabia guide here 

1. Dogs: only watch dogs, hunting dogs, seeing-eye dogs and hearing dogs are permitted into Saudi Arabia. The purpose of use of such dogs must be shown in a veterinary certificate. Permission must be obtained prior to arrival from either a consulate/embassy of Saudi Arabia or the relevant government department in Saudi Arabia. Read how to obtain permission here. 
2. Cats: must be accompanied by 2 veterinarian health certificates and a rabies inoculation certificate, stating inoculation between 12 months and 30 days prior to arrival. Health certificates must be approved by the Saudi Arabian consulate in the country of origin. See the full list of requirements here. 
3. Birds: health certificate and import permit required from National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development

Prohibited: live chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks, geese and parrots.

Very useful page for info on importing and exporting pets into KSA: Pet Import Saudi Arabia

 

PLEASE READ: I advise everyone asking questions in the comments about specific items, to please use common sense when bringing items into KSA. All personal medicines (with prescriptions when necessary) and personal jewelry are allowed as long as its intended for your personal use only, not for resale or distribution. 

As a general guideline as long as you’re not going to resell the items, it’s not a narcotic or any item which contains alcohol or pork, it is not a firearm or any type of device which could be used for spying or doing harm in KSA, the item should be safe to bring. 

Unfortunately I don’t have time to reply to so many messages here and on my emails regarding what to bring into KSA. Nor am I in the position to reply to all these queries, this post is for informational purposes only. Blue Abaya is in a messenger role only, sharing information which is provided by Saudi Customs. Blue Abaya is in no way affiliated with the Saudi Customs. Any specific query should be directed to Saudi customs officers. 

All concerns and complaints should be directed directly to the authorities in question! Thank you for understanding.

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  • Ed HammMay 7, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    Can I bring my Jewish wife?ReplyCancel

    • LaylaMay 8, 2015 - 11:09 am

      lol, ummm yes.
      edit: not with Israeli passport though :) ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Anisco ReyesSeptember 8, 2015 - 4:45 pm

    What about hygiene soap?ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Anisco ReyesSeptember 18, 2015 - 6:44 pm

    Bath soapReplyCancel

  • Abdullah FahadJanuary 4, 2016 - 10:54 am

    Can i bring the Agarwood Chips / Oudh / Bakhur as a gift to my saudi customers.

    RegardsReplyCancel

  • Moh AliJanuary 4, 2016 - 3:48 pm

    What about drones with camerasReplyCancel

  • Jay R Delos ReyesJanuary 9, 2016 - 1:16 pm

    Can i bring glutathaion ampules?ReplyCancel

  • SivaJanuary 10, 2016 - 12:36 am

    Dear sir, can I bring weight loss product. Herbalife to ksaReplyCancel

  • Ryker KwonJanuary 21, 2016 - 9:38 am

    Gud day! Can I bring ceterizine? I particularly liked this certain brand since I felt least groggy in it… Should I have a prescription? is there a limit as to how many tablets can I bring?tyReplyCancel

  • irfanJanuary 22, 2016 - 7:58 am

    Can I bring scar removing cream, kelo-cote(silicone based gel), I had an accident and had a scar on my knee , this cream is also sold in saudi arabia , jeddahReplyCancel

  • oma kusanFebruary 1, 2016 - 6:53 am

    Can I bring my dumbbells?ReplyCancel

  • oma kusanFebruary 1, 2016 - 9:22 am

    Can I bring my dumbbellReplyCancel

  • Kaniha MenonFebruary 3, 2016 - 5:46 am

    Can i bring laptop?? will they check my laptop in airportReplyCancel

  • LeVoniaFebruary 7, 2016 - 7:27 am

    “Gemstones, Jewelry” does that mean that I cannot bring in my personal jewelry to wear while in Jeddah? Assorted earrings, bracelets, necklaces, watches?

    Also, I planned to bring my laptop, tablet cell phone, and my digital camera. Sounds like those or some of those may be banned as well. Please advise.

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Shaun SnaymanFebruary 26, 2016 - 4:37 am

    I drink sage tea. Can I bring it in? I also like playing golf online and have played with many Saudi Arabians online……can I bring my xbox to play golfReplyCancel

  • Shaun SnaymanFebruary 26, 2016 - 8:16 am

    Can I bring my iPad, laptop and cell phone?ReplyCancel

  • NoreenFebruary 26, 2016 - 8:23 am

    I would like to bring my face creams in. Can I??ReplyCancel

  • MargoFebruary 27, 2016 - 4:39 am

    No jewelry. Does this mean watches, rings and necklaces? I cannot pack them in my suitcase?ReplyCancel

  • Azah SofiMarch 2, 2016 - 9:12 pm

    I have a large speaker with weight almost 5kg. Can i bring it on plane?ReplyCancel

  • santhosh uthupMarch 3, 2016 - 5:42 am

    Can I bring drug sertaline 100mg once a day for 6 month?. Its a medicine under the category of SSRI. Please help me to know about this medicine, whether it is banned in KSA or not?can i get the banned medicine list?ReplyCancel

  • LizMarch 4, 2016 - 11:06 pm

    Would I be allowed to tske my mums ashes? I knowxit sounds odd but having her with me on my travels mskes me feel safe.ReplyCancel

  • LizMarch 4, 2016 - 11:07 pm

    Would I be allowed to take my mums ashes? I know it sounds odd but having her with me on my travels makes me feel safe.ReplyCancel

  • Sinith ChandranMarch 17, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    Sir, can I bring the Ayurvedic medicine Jeerakaarishtam which is for my ankle pain with my luggage?ReplyCancel

  • Varun SinghMarch 19, 2016 - 11:56 am

    We can bring herbalife product to saudi from indiaReplyCancel

  • MallehMarch 20, 2016 - 6:08 pm

    Is hydrogen peroxide allowedReplyCancel

  • shajeerMarch 28, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    Can i bring ciplar40 medicine with prescription replay pls on my mailReplyCancel

  • Johan CloeteApril 2, 2016 - 12:38 pm

    I bought a radio control helicpter (a toy) and a plane in UAE and it has been confiscated at the saudi uae border nowear it say it’s not allowed. this is expensive toy’s how do I get it back. I MEAN YOU CAN BUY THIS ITEMS IN SAUDI BUT IT’S NOT GOOD QUALITY THIS IS WHY I BOUGHT QUALITY ITEMS IN UAE PLEASE ADVISE.ReplyCancel

    • Arabian LauraApril 6, 2016 - 1:27 pm

      Maybe they thought you’re going to use it for spying purposes :D they probably thought it’s a security risk, can be used as drone with camera which are strictly prohibited.ReplyCancel

  • Arabian LauraApril 6, 2016 - 1:39 pm

    I advise everyone asking these questions to use common sense when bringing items into KSA. All personal medicines and items as long as its intended for your personal use only are allowed.

    Unfortunately I don’t have time to reply to so many messages here and on my emails regarding what to bring into KSA. Nor am I in the position to reply to all these queries, this post is for informational purposes only. Blue Abaya is in a messenger role only, sharing this information with readers which was provided by Saudi Customs. We are in no way working under or for the Saudi Customs.

    Any specific concerns and complaints should be directed directly to the authorities in question! Thank you for understanding.ReplyCancel

  • Rameez AkbarApril 20, 2016 - 6:30 am

    What about oil? I mean is there any limit for bringing in olive/coconut oil?ReplyCancel

  • SoumyaApril 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

    Is it allowed to carry Malayalam movie CDs to Saudi???need a fast reply. Flying tonightReplyCancel

  • AkhilJune 10, 2016 - 12:53 am

    Can we bring spiked shoes wearied from Riyadh airportReplyCancel

  • Rio BoholJune 11, 2016 - 11:50 am

    Hello good Pm, I used to travel in different places in Saudi Arabia and in every places i’ve been i collected some souvenirs like small stones and some shells.Is it prohibited to take this shells and stones with me outside the country?Any Suggestion??ReplyCancel

  • Pradeep kumarJune 19, 2016 - 4:26 pm

    Can I bring calaptin 120sr tablet to Saudi Arabia is it ban in saudiarabiaReplyCancel

  • Babu PerinthalmannaJuly 4, 2016 - 6:45 pm

    What about oudReplyCancel

  • Jardine Davies ChengJuly 7, 2016 - 10:33 am

    Is it ok to bring herbal supplements?ReplyCancel

  • LorraineJuly 7, 2016 - 4:25 pm

    Can I bring beef 10kg biltongReplyCancel

  • XJustinx Tanyiyou WangliJuly 10, 2016 - 12:26 pm

    just a question ? what about baby books and lego technic set?ReplyCancel

  • XJustinx Tanyiyou WangliJuly 10, 2016 - 2:02 pm

    erm is baby books ok ? and how about lego technic set?ReplyCancel

  • […] items Banned from KSA […]ReplyCancel

  • Mohammed RizwanJuly 11, 2016 - 10:31 am

    can i bring utensills for cookingReplyCancel

  • AyeshaJuly 16, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    Can I bring any kind of face cream ??ReplyCancel

  • Cindy mendozaJuly 21, 2016 - 10:37 am

    Can i bring vapes o ecigarette?is allowed or band hir in KSA?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy mendozaJuly 21, 2016 - 10:41 am

    is Vape or Ecigarte allowed or banned hir in KSA?ReplyCancel

  • Mahaboo ChokkadJuly 21, 2016 - 2:05 pm

    Can I bring my homeopathic medicineReplyCancel

  • Mahaboo ChokkadJuly 21, 2016 - 2:05 pm

    I am in Saudi ArabiaReplyCancel

  • Dylan Carlo MakuletzJuly 28, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    Can i bring or import or order e-cigar and its spare components or parts?ReplyCancel

  • Adele Marx SchoultzAugust 2, 2016 - 11:44 am

    I WANT TO TAKE 320 TEABAGS (VACUUMPACKED) IN MY CHECKED LUGGAGE. DO I HAVE TO DECLARE IT ?
    IT IS A GIFT TO SOMEONE IN MADEIRA PORTUGALReplyCancel

  • Nicomarc OnaAugust 4, 2016 - 5:44 am

    how about resistance bands and perfect pushup. just for my exercise routineReplyCancel

  • Wafra KamalAugust 8, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    How about kpop album is it allowed specifically Seventeen album?ReplyCancel

  • Lawan AbubakarAugust 8, 2016 - 8:56 pm

    Salamualaikum how about laptopReplyCancel

  • Shbmmdecsixteen TwokAugust 9, 2016 - 12:07 pm

    It is allowed to bring daggers to Saudi Arabia ..i bought around 5-6 daggers from turkey to Saudi Arabia …daggers or knifes are not a problem.BTW bringing chess is not a problem eitherReplyCancel

  • Art Bernard Andrade DavidAugust 9, 2016 - 1:50 pm

    Can I ship Pet Sprays and Nail polish going in Saudi Arabia from GCC Countries?ReplyCancel

  • Abijit ShakyaAugust 10, 2016 - 9:56 am

    Can cigretts n my medicines for cold diarrhoea be brought??ReplyCancel

  • Paola Castaldi FigueroaAugust 11, 2016 - 10:50 pm

    Are we allowed to take personal videos or pictures of ourselves or the place we visit? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Jhona MarquesesAugust 14, 2016 - 12:39 am

    Can i bring a box of glutathione with ampule of collagen and vitamin c?6 pieces only..ReplyCancel

  • IshaqAugust 18, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    Can I bring this medicine “olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets U.S.P. 5 mg”ReplyCancel

  • Salman ShahidAugust 19, 2016 - 5:26 am

    Can i carry boric powder, used in a game called Carrom Board.
    And also cups for Hajama without doctor prescription?ReplyCancel

  • Sandeep AcharyaSeptember 7, 2016 - 5:07 am

    Can we bring Garnicia indica to Saudi ArabiaReplyCancel

  • WilsonSeptember 11, 2016 - 6:30 am

    I have Christian music in my laptop, is it allowed? Also I use a special kind of body lotion and Vaseline which I’m not sure can be found in Saudi Arabia, can they be confiscated?ReplyCancel

  • TaliaSeptember 15, 2016 - 4:09 am

    Jewelry is totally fine and nobody is going to check on your personal devices (laptops, tablets, phones, usb sticks). You can get a vap or an e-cigarette as long as the amount is personal. Face creams are totally legal. Any medication with prescription is legal. Oil is also ok as long as the amount looks personal. It’s not like totally strict in here. Magazines are ok if they’re in your bags, since nobody is going to open them and check if there are disturbing pictures. Get your religious belongings just keep them in your bag and don’t show them off. It’s ok guys.ReplyCancel

  • AbySeptember 17, 2016 - 10:26 am

    Hello there,
    I am getting transferred from Dubai to Saudi. I have an aquarium and can i bring my fishes along with me while I move?ReplyCancel

  • akbar ahmedOctober 11, 2016 - 5:13 pm

    i want to know that can we take hookah and hookah toobaco from saudia to india etcReplyCancel

  • Carl Ray A. ValdezOctober 11, 2016 - 11:55 pm

    Can i bring CAR INVERTER from Riyadh to Jeddah via FlyNas?ReplyCancel

  • MelOctober 25, 2016 - 7:03 am

    Hi. Can I bring my digital camera, cupcakes and maggi magic sarap? Please answer. Leaving next week. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Abdulhamid YahayaOctober 31, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    What about some kolanut for use during my stay for the umrah?ReplyCancel

  • MUSLIMNovember 8, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    TaliaSeptember 15, 2016 – 4:09 am
    Magazines are ok if they’re in your bags, since nobody is going to open them and check if there are disturbing pictures. Get your religious belongings just keep them in your bag and don’t show them off. It’s ok guys.

    ^^ NO IT IS NOT OK TO BRING RELIGIOUS ITEMS AND DISTURBING PICS TO SAUDI ARABIA. IT IS OFFENSIVE AND I DO NOT CONDONE ANYONE ENCOURAGING UNSUSPECTING TRAVELLER TO TAKE THE RISK. IT IS THE LAND OF TAWHEED AND THAT NEEDS TO BE RESPECTED!ReplyCancel

  • GIL DEL ROSARIONovember 13, 2016 - 5:30 pm

    Good day, I’m working as chef , can i bring my set of knives.ReplyCancel

  • JawadNovember 19, 2016 - 10:20 am

    Can I bring milk tea washing powder with me while travel to Saudi ArabiaReplyCancel

  • khader khan afridiDecember 10, 2016 - 8:15 am

    i have a skin alergy need to bring the medicine from india its name CD310/ OZ310 and my bp tablets also from india is it possible to carry these medicine. please suggest me regarding the rules and regulation for these medicines
    thankyou very much

    khader khan afridiReplyCancel

  • satinderDecember 17, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    I can carry vri spas to saudi arabia I don’t have precribation but I have bill of medicines I can take or not plzz tell me plzzzReplyCancel

  • AmmarDecember 31, 2016 - 5:03 pm

    Are airsoft guns allowed they are game guns. That look like real gunsReplyCancel

  • mikoMarch 19, 2017 - 12:53 am

    Can I bring liquid silicone 2 liters into Saudi Arabia?
    is this allowedReplyCancel

  • bhavani AMarch 23, 2017 - 2:22 am

    Can i bring homeopathic medicine for my personal use into Saudi?ReplyCancel

  • Taha SafdarMay 20, 2017 - 4:35 pm

    Hello sir!

    can i bring my supplements like multivitamin…protein powder…glutamine or flax seed oil into saudi arabia?ReplyCancel

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