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Old Mar 29th 2018, 12:28 pm
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Visiting partner in KSA on a tourist visa (which apparently could be a reality soon). Thoughts? Safe? Dangerous?

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Old Mar 29th 2018, 1:25 pm
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RSA ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA
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sorry KSA
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Visiting partner in KSA on a tourist visa (which apparently could be a reality soon). Thoughts? Safe? Dangerous?
Perfectly safe. Very dull.

In my answer I have assumed that by partner you mean husband/ wife and it’s not a same sex deal.
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Perfectly safe. Very dull.

In my answer I have assumed that by partner you mean husband/ wife and it’s not a same sex deal.
By partner I mean boyfriend, not married.
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By partner I mean boyfriend, not married.
Then no, don’t do it. Meet him in Dubai.
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By partner I mean boyfriend, not married.
So you fancy a few months or years in a nice comfortable jail cell?
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So you fancy a few months or years in a nice comfortable jail cell?

That's my thoughts. He seems to think it'll be ok from next month when they start to issue tourist visas to single female travellers. And the fact he's in a compound. I'm not so confident.
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This shows no understanding of the way things are in KSA. Unmarried couples cannot cohabit - even as visitors. Being on a compound is not any different.
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This shows no understanding of the way things are in KSA. Unmarried couples cannot cohabit - even as visitors. Being on a compound is not any different.
I'm not going. If he really wants me to then he can just marry me. Otherwise tough.
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A wise decision !
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Originally Posted by wigankebab View Post
I'm not going. If he really wants me to then he can just marry me. Otherwise tough.
This level of clarity and wisdom is unusual for people posting about this situation. Well done.
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On a compound no problems at all. I say go for it.

I'd be wary of being together outside the compound though. But having said that, in all my time here, through all the police checkpoints, checking into numerous hotels, not once has anyone checked my wife's Iqama.

As a previous poster said though, it's not the most exciting of places. Very good for clothes shopping though if that's your thing.

I wouldn't be hopeful about the tourist visas being up and running in April. They've said April but it's all gone a bit quiet. I'm guessing you're over 25, because unaccompanied females under 25 have to visit with a guardian.
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Originally Posted by wigankebab View Post
That's my thoughts. He seems to think it'll be ok from next month when they start to issue tourist visas to single female travellers. And the fact he's in a compound. I'm not so confident.
You'll be fine IF the visa rules permit you to visit where he is based (I haven't seen the tourist visa rules yet).

If he's in a western compound, you'll be 100% safe whatever you do, and if you are travelling together outside the compound you'll also 99.99% be safe, but be discreet, no hand holding and wear a dark abaya etc to avoid raising any eyebrows. If you are really paranoid you could always obtain a homemade "marriage certificate" but really not necessary. I've never seen any western expat being asked to prove marriage. Note that if you and your partner do not obviously share the same ethnicity, I would be slightly more cautious as the authorities might see that as a sign you are not married (but still low risk).

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No one can say how the as yet untested Tourist Visas will operate. Will ther be freedom of movement withing KSA ? Will holders be able to choose where they find accommodation. The Pilgrim Visa as I recall has conditions attached.
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