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Friday, February 27, 2004

Everyone who enters the Kingdom should have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and the appropriate visa.

Unless you are a visitor from a GCC country or in transit, all other nationalities require a visa to enter the Kingdom. Visas can be for business, tourist, transit, residency, family, Hajj, or conference attendance.

Visas can be obtained from the visa department in the Saudi Embassy of the visitor's home country or from Saudi Consulates available in all main cities around the world.

The cost of a visa is generally 200 Saudi Riyals however visitors should ensure that they check with the Saudi Embassy or Consulate.

Visas will not be issued for the following groups of people:
*An Israeli passport holder or a passport that has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp.
*Those who don't abide by the Saudi traditions concerning appearance and behaviors. Those under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted into the Kingdom.
*There are certain regulations for pilgrims and you should contact the consulate for more information.
* Jewish People

The above excerpt is from the webpage for Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Commission for Tourism. Oh, it’s supreme, all right. They’ve since cleaned up their nasty little display of bigotry, but unfortunately for them the page is still cached on Google. I guess I won’t be going to Saudi Arabia anytime soon, not that I'd really want to anyway. And to think that I've been told that Israel is the most intolerant country in the Middle East.

And ladies, don’t forget: A woman is not allowed to drive a car and can therefore only travel by car if she is accompanied by her husband, a male relative, or a driver. (What century are we living in again?)

Update: Nail al-Jubier, chief information officer for the embassy, told WorldNetDaily he was "stunned" when he saw the Saudi tourism Web page listing "Jewish People" among those not permitted to enter the country.

Sure, sure. In other news, Nail al-Jubier exclaimed "I'm shocked—shocked!—to find gambling is going on in here!" How disgustingly pathetic.

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