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Old Jan 14th 2015, 7:30 pm
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Hi

I will be bringing a mini PC and Synology NAS drive with me next week on arrival at Jeddah. The NAS drive holds a lot of technical data and also films and music to keep me sane for the next year.

Am I likely to have any issues with KSA customs holding the PC or hard drive on arrival?

This would be pretty inconvenient as I am heading to Yanbu and don't want to have to trek back to reclaim anything held at the airport.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 14th 2015, 8:13 pm
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I've been in and out of KSA hundreds of times with laptops, hard drive and more recently an 8TB nas.

I have never had any of these things checked, in fact, I have only had by bags opened twice, once on the causeway and once in Riyadh, both very brief searches
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Old Jan 15th 2015, 12:27 am
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As long as you are not silly enough to bring any porn in on these hard drives then you should not have any problems. As for my self I have also only been checked about 3 times in the 7 years or so.
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For personal data, family pictures, work valuable data you do not want anyone intruding on, whilst all legal, truecrypt is simple enough. Make 4.5gig containers, label as popular family/kids films (ie. ToyStory.iso) and bung your data in them.
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Or you can keep your porn stash on cloud.
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Never been searched at the airport here....my bacon sandwich this morning is a testament to that.
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Never been searched at the airport here....my bacon sandwich this morning is a testament to that.
Christ, you play it fast and loose don't you

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of course ha ha
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I have been in and out of Riyadh for about a year and I put my bags through the Customs scanner like eveyone else. Bag always has a laptop,hard drive, USBs,. To date nobody has asked to look. As long as you have nothing inappropriate (porn etc etc) I dont think you have any worries even if they do check. Not sure what the JED situation is but the Riyadh immigration has improved 100% recently. I find it easier to go through Riyadh as a resident than Dubai these days....much quicker. I usually spend 30-60 minutes at DXB in the immigration queue but the last time in Riyadh ex BA flight I was in the taxi on the way home in less than 30 minutes after arrival . Staff were quite friendly also.
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