Saudi Arabia to penalise citizens traveling to Iraq, Thailand

June 3, 2014 2:29 am

Saudi Arabia’s Passport Department has said citizens caught traveling to Iraq or Thailand will face a SR10,000 fine and a three-year travel ban, Arab News has reported. “There are exceptional cases where Saudis may be allowed to travel to these countries based on specific regulations,” said director of the Saudi travel section at the department, Col. Salman Al-Muhaya. “In Iraq, for instance, certain procedures must be followed by Saudis that have to be cleared by ad hoc committees in certain areas,” he said. “Penalties for violators will vary from region to region depending on the local management committee, which consider factors, such as travel conditions or other violations, including passport loss, damage or tampering,” he added.