Saudi Arabia: No Jews allowed

02.26.04

Well, I guess I won’t be travelling to Saudi Arabia anytime soon (via Damian):

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

Oh well, there go my travel plans. Damn.

I guess I’ll just have to settle for going to Israel instead. (Countdown: 4 1/2 months – woohoo!)

Update (Friday Feb 27): Damian notes that the restrictions listed above – as well as the others regarding women – have disappeared from the Saudi tourism site since yesterday. I notice that they still appear in Google’s cache, though I wonder how long that will last too.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jonny 02.27.04 at 3:52 PM

Geuss I can’t go to Saudi Arabia either.

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2 Lynn B. 02.28.04 at 4:29 AM

That makes many of us.

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3 Ikram 02.28.04 at 7:00 AM

I’ve been. You’re not missing anything you can’t see in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, or Yemen.

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4 Bob 02.28.04 at 4:24 PM

Saudi Arabia is an example of many of the worst things that are allowed to go on in the Middle East that would be unheard of anywhere else, why is that?

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5 Josh 02.28.04 at 6:27 PM

Oy!

I should’ve gotten cancellation insurance when I bought the plane ticket.

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6 Michael Peckham 02.29.04 at 3:13 AM

The Google cache doesn’t show the old page anymore, but Allahpundit has a screen capture of it:

http://www.allahpundit.com/SaudiTourism.gif

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7 Jonathan 03.02.04 at 12:16 AM

Yeah it’s bad. Even worse is that the USA is so dependent on them.

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8 Jonny 03.02.04 at 4:22 PM

Good Call Ikram.

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