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Press Release
PR-166-2016

ADVISORY

Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Issues Ministerial Sanctions
Against Violators of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to
Dealing with Expatriates

(14 November 2016) The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the Filipino Community in Riyadh that the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued its Ministerial Decision Circular which contains the sanctions to be imposed against violators of the rules and regulations when dealing with expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The matrix includes sanctions on the violations such as, protecting or harboring an expatriate, delay of departure of an expatriate after expiration of entry or exit visa, and employers who allow their workers to work for other employers under their sponsorship.

NO. VIOLATION SANCTION
FOR FIRST OFFENSE
SANCTION
FOR SECOND OFFENSE
SANCTION
FOR THIRD OFFENSE & MORE

1

Any expatriate who works for his own account (Free Lancer)

  1. SR10,000 fine
  2. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. One month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation

2

Any expatriate who delays his departure after expiration of his entry visa

  1. SR15,000 fine
  2. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Three months imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation

3

Intruders who are caught outside the border

  1. Fine of SR15,000
  2. One month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Three months imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation

4

Persons who transport or give jobs to intruders who are caught outside the border; protecting or harboring them; or extending them any means of assistance

  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Six months imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. One year imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if viiolator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Two years imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner

5

Any individual person who transports or gives jobs to violators of the Rules & Regulations; protecting or harboring them; or extending them any means of assistance

  1. SR15,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  1. SR30,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  3. Three months imprisonment
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  3. Six month imprisonment

The Philippine Embassy wishes to remind all Filipino community in Riyadh to abide with the laws of the Host Country at all times while residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (END)