Overland Saudi Arabia Travel
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- 1 Visiting Saudi Arabia
- 2 Entering Saudi Arabia with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Saudi Arabia
- 4 Gas and Diesel price in Saudi Arabia
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Saudi Arabia
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Saudi Arabia
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
Visiting Saudi Arabia
Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.
Entering Saudi Arabia with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: July 2013
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Saudi Arabia, application instructions and fees see: Saudi Arabia Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies
Process at border
Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle
An excellent write-up of the process to get the ferry from Sudan is http://travelafricaoverland.com/ferry-sudan-to-saudi/
Cost of entry
State the cost for a vehicle to enter
Permitted length of stay
Newly launched (2020) eVisa will be a one-year, multiple entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country. 48 countries qualify.
Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
Exiting with a vehicle
Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.
Driving in Saudi Arabia
Recommended books for Overlanding in Saudi Arabia
Travel insurance for Saudi Arabia
Vehicle insurance requirements
Insurance is mandatory and can be bought at the border.
Cost of vehicle insurance
State the price of insurance and a time period.
Where to purchase vehicle insurance
Insurance can be bought at the border.
State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
Driving side of road
RHD vehicles can not be driven without a special letter from a Nissan GTR club. With this letter you can enter Saudi without problems.
Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
General Road quality
Roads are in excellent condition. All tarmac and well maintained.
Road signs are in abundance and are usually, but not always, bilingual. Arabic and English.
No tolls in Saudi Arabia except on King Fahad Causeway that connects Saudi and Bahrain
Causeway tolls are as follows:
SAR 25 (Small Vehicles) SAR 35 (Light Trucks & Small Bus) SAR 50 (Large Buses) SAR 5 Per ton (Trucks)
Bribery in Saudi Arabia
Bribery is non-existent in the country
describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.
Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
Gas and Diesel price in Saudi Arabia
Last updated: March 2011
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|Regular||$0.61 USD per Gallon (US)|
Link to external websites with price & quality information, if available.
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Saudi is a major producer of fuel so shortages are very unlikely
Although distances are big, every small town has one or more gas stations so you're probably never further then 100k from a gas station.
Gas and Diesel Quality
Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.
Safety and Security Considerations
Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
Special driving considerations
Some far highways may not be fenced on both sides and may result in Camels wandering to the middle of the highway at night. Keep your high beams on whenever possible if highway isn't fenced.
Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Saudi Arabia - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Saudi Arabia
Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Saudi Arabia
GPS Maps of Saudi Arabia
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Saudi Arabia
- iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
Special Overland Travel interests
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Add known good mechanics here.
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Saudi Arabia
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.