Top Reasons Why Some Filipinos are Not Allowed to Enter Saudi Arabia
It is no secret that Saudi Arabia has strict rules and laws especially for foreigners, and expats living there are obliged to follow them.
Should people fail to follow the rules, the country is known to ban or blacklist people permanently. This applies for overseas Filipino workers as well. Bans and penalties can be summarized in three major categories: criminal cases, civil, and moral cases. Labor cases are specific category, which is mostly the reason for bans and blacklists of Filipinos working and living in Saudi Arabia. It is also worth noting that once people are banned from Saudi Arabia, chances are, the ban applies for other GCC countries including Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Here are the top reasons for bans and blacklists in the Saudi Arabia.
- Inability to pay loans, debts and credit cards. This applies for both personal or company loans. Paying your taxes and loans is important anywhere, but governments in Saudi Arabia have zero tolerance for expats on this matter.
- Robbery, theft and other criminal offenses are not tolerated. Once caught, expats may expect speedy ban and deportation.
- Religion laws in Saudi Arabia are very strict. Preaching other religion other than Islam in public is punishable. Even encouraging or participating in religious event can lead to a ban. People are allowed to respect their own religion in their own home as well as pray, but once out of the comfort of the home, only Islam applies.
- If a person is infected with STD, HIV, AIDS or other infectious diseases, he/she is banned and deported.
- Expats should never ever try to falsely reproduce their legal documents. Falsification is punishable, and that applies for marriage or birth certificates, diplomas, PRC cards, employment certificates and visas.
- Gambling is not allowed. Any money games like lotto, pot money and lottery are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and if caught, people can expect ban.
- Moral is highly praised in Muslim countries, especially in Saudi Arabia. Adultery, prostitution, soliciting sex and other immoral behavior and acts are not tolerated. Possession of pornographic materials can also lead to deportation. Expressing love in the public is rarely tolerable. If caught with a boyfriend/girlfriend in public, expats might get banned.
- Corruption, and keeping possession of fake ID, driver?s license and other identification documents is punishable by the law of Saudi Arabia.
- Saudi Arabia has very strict rules for liquor and other alcoholic beverages. Therefore, producing or selling liquor can lead to ban.