Is it Safe to use VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Many people ask if it is illegal to use VPN in Saudi Arabia and what would be the fine or penalty if you are caught using it. Can police track you?

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it is a way to access blocked sites and applications. If you are using a VPN, you can easily access the websites and applications which have been blocked by the CITC.

VPN in Saudi Arabia

Is it illegal to use a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Anyone can download VPN software from the play store or iTunes and start using it. You can use a VPN to unlock channels on Nvidia Shield and other TVs. However, one should keep in mind that it is illegal to use VPN in Saudi Arabia.

VPN is not legal as it is against the country’s cyber laws and therefore it is banned. When the government has banned some content in the country, there must be a rationale behind it.

You cannot simply bypass it and stay away from the trouble. Moreover, it is also important to mention here that using a VPN is banned in Saudi Arabia.

Is it illegal to use a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Penalty and fine for using a VPN

As per Article 3 (4) of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, unauthorized access to a website (using a VPN) is punishable with a penalty or fine of up to SR 500,000 in Saudi Arabia.

Can police track VPN?

By now, we have figured out that it is not legal by law to use VPN in Saudi Arabia but you might be interested to know whether it is safe and secure to use VPN in this conservative country. Well, there is a possibility that a rule exists but it is not being strictly implemented.

Penalty and fine for using a VPN in Saudi Arabia

Theoretically, you can hide your IP address with a VPN application but keep in mind it is still not impossible to track you. Tracking IP addresses is one of the many approaches used by Saudi police to track those whom they want to track.

In other words, if police in Saudi Arabia want to track you, they will get you no matter whether you are using a VPN or not.

However, in my humble opinion, unless you are a security threat to the country or other people, it is unlikely that the police will try to track your location.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.