8 Top Reasons you could be banned from entering back to Saudi Arabia

The Gulf cooperation council (GCC) is an intergovernmental economic and political union of gulf countries, also known as Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. Its member states are the Islamic States of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE). This council is a union of the above-mentioned states made for protecting the interests of these states and to provide a single platform for the discussion and solution of various issues that these countries may encounter, and to empower them.  Among the many things that the GCC overlooks and regulates, one such policy is the banning and deportation of expatriates living and working in any of the Gulf States when they are found to be involved in any unlawful act.

If any expatriate is blacklisted for their involvement in any criminal activity then as per rules, they cannot enter any of the above mentioned Gulf States. According to a news report from Arab Times, The GCC countries have started applying a law that bans any expatriate booked for any criminal offense from entering any other GCC state. This law is a part of the GCC security act. Moreover, the country which deports such expats would have the right to take their fingerprints and circulate and share them with the other GCC countries so as to protect the Gulf countries from any hazard.  The offenses that can lead to the expats being deported can be summarized as follows;

  • Criminal Cases
  • Civil Cases
  • Moral Cases
  • Labor Cases

But the most common cause of deporting the expats is Labor Cases, which is any doubt that the employer may have on the employee regarding dishonesty, fraud or theft is then reported to the authorities and the employee is thus deported. This information is not only important for selective people only but for everyone as they can result in getting banned from the GCC countries. We will now look into the rules set by the GCC that are applicable to all expats.

  1. Any bank or company loan, debts or unpaid credit card bills.
  2. Any criminal offense such as robbery, theft, embezzlement etc.
  3. Any contagious, infectious disease such as HIV, AIDS, HEPA etc.
  4. Any false documents or incorrect information such as Marriage certificate, diploma, employment certificates or PRC cards.
  5. Any illegal activities such as gambling, lotto, and lottery.
  6. Immoral activities such as prostitution, adultery, soliciting sex, prostitution and other immoral behaviors that are against the law. Possession of pornographic content, even being caught with a boyfriend or girlfriend can lead to deportation.
  7. Manufacturing and selling alcohol or selling liquor and other alcoholic beverages.
  8. Bribery, corruption, having a fake driver’s license.

The above-mentioned rules have been laid by the GCC to protect the Gulf countries from any such infestation of criminals in their societies. Strict measures are undertaken to keep in check the activities of the expats during their stay in the Gulf States. The expats are expected to abide by these laws and to not abuse them. The Gulf States adhere strictly to Islamic principles and make sure that the people residing there follow all the laws and do not indulge in anything un-Islamic or unlawful.

Keeping in view these rules, the expats have to take extra care in their activities as not only does this lead to deportation from one country, but also involves having one’s name blacklisted and denied entry in all the GCC countries. Hence your chance at working in most of the Middle Eastern countries is over.

Gulf News has reported today that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries”


  • Shahid

    Hi Steve
    Thank you for your assistance in advance !!!
    My cousin was deported from Ksa 6 years back . Just two months ago , he got a KSA visa again , he was deported from KSA.
    My question is:

    Kind regards,

  • bailee

    need an advice 2012 when i left KSA with unpaid loan of 28k riyals i thought i can return immediately for a new job to continue my monthly dues and because of this the collecting agent send me an email informing me that i have travel ban including in UK because they thought im in UK please give me an advice if i can still work in Saudi arabia? SABB bank also send me an email that they already forwarded a letter to the immigration for blacklisting me in UK

  • Mohammad Mujtaba Ansari

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your assistance providing to the needy people !!!
    I was deported from KSA 6 years back.Now I got an offer from KSA again.
    Mohammad Mujtaba
    [email protected]

  • Edwin

    Hey guys.. i am working here in KSA as graphic designer and it is the work i was signed for in a contract. And now one of our manager told me to work in other establishment which is not related in my field of work that I was signed for. And he told me if I refuse, our boss maybe will deport me back to where i came from..

    Is this possible? Or what should i do in these kind of situation.?

  • Makhdoom Alam


    I am on exit entry visa and met with an accident, drs suggested for 8 months orthopedic rest for recovery. Can i reenter in KSA after one year without any issues? Confirm so that i can atleast try for another company job in KSA itself ?
    seeking immediate reply.

  • Blind Hunter

    Hello Sir,I was into jail 2 months for using drug in ksa,then final exit,how many years I ban to enter ksa?please replay me sir

  • Blind Hunter

    Sir,how many years van after final exit for using drug?

  • Anam Zeeshan

    hi sir i came to pak three year back by tarhail i have iqama and my father is my sponser now after three year i want to go to saudi arabia on my husband iqama can it possible or there is any ban on me please help need answer

  • Blind Hunter

    Hello Sir,I am deported from ksa,now my visa status is final,and travel status are outside of kingdom,I want to know outside kingdom means all off the Gcc or ksa only?please help me if anybody knows

  • Luke V. Beni

    Unpaid loan or credit cards will not ban you from entering the country again..can you support this regarding actual law? A news report does not constitute as actual law sir.

  • It will ban you if the police complaint has been registered against you.

  • Shan Pallippuram

    Regarding Burn in Gcc contries if have loan. company make termination what will do sir .

  • Hamzah Imran

    Assalamoalikum . My father has a saudi iqama, but family resides in pakistan and my mother wishes to for umrah with my 2 younger brothers, previously my father used to issue visit visas, but now due to increased visit visa fee its getting difficult for us … is there any other way too ? And can my father be my mother’s mahram for umrah visa even if he has the iqama ? What is the solution foe this issue ? Waiting for replies.. jazak ALLAH khair.

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