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Saudi embassies urge nationals to be cautious while travelling abroad

Embassies in Hong Kong, Greece, Tokyo and Manila asked Saudi tourists to follow visa protocols

Saudi embassies urge nationals to be cautious while travelling abroad
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Several Saudi embassies have asked nationals to be cautious and avoid violating visa regulations while visiting unstable foreign regions.

The Saudi Consulate in Hong Kong said Chinese authorities issued special regulations to businesspeople visiting the country and asked Saudis to follow the protocols, reported Saudi Gazette.

“We have received intimations from the Chinese government regarding people visiting the country. There is a total ban on carrying all types of electric detonators. Any violation of the rule will be considered a criminal offence,” the consulate said, adding that the regulations apply to transit passengers.

It said Saudi travellers are obliged to obtain visas from the Chinese Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate in Jeddah prior to visiting the country as they would not be given visas on arrival. The Chinese Commissioner in Hong Kong also said Saudis who wish to visit Hong Kong from China and revisit China should apply for multiple visas.

In addition, the Saudi Embassy in Greece urged Saudis to obtain travel and health insurance documents prior to heading to Greece. The Greece Embassy in Riyadh said travellers should obtain travel and health insurance documents before applying for visas. It said they should also reveal the amount of foreign currency in their possession to avoid questioning.

The Saudi Embassy in Tokyo warned Saudi tourists of visiting certain public parks in Japan and advised national businesspeople to note new measures taken by the two countries to conduct a state visit by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.

The Saudi Embassy in Canada also said it launched a new emergency service for nationals in order to deal with special cases.

The Saudi Embassy in Manila, warned Saudi citizens against visiting unstable southern parts of the Philippines amid volatility in the region.

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