Is it Safe to use VPN in Saudi Arabia?

The problem of Internet censorship is prevalent in many countries around the world. It is especially becoming strict compliance within Saudi Arabia. Many people want to ask if it is legal or banned by law to bypass internet filtering and access blocked websites and applications using VPN in Saudi Arabia.

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. 

Can I use VPN Service in Saudi Arabia?

I wish there could be a simple answer to the question if you can use VPN Service in Saudi Arabia. Well, just like any other wrong thing, nobody stops you from installing a VPN application in your mobile.

However, you need to consider if it is safe to use VPN in KSA? We have answered it later in this article. Recommended: I watch porm sites in KSA, any problem at final exit?

What is the best VPN for Saudi Arabia?

There are so many VPN applications available on Playstore as well as iTunes that people get confused that which one is the best VPN for Saudi Arabia. I would suggest you have a look at the customer reviews before installing any VPN in KSA.

If you see plenty of downloads plus good customer ratings and reviews, this is the best VPN. Sometimes people download unreliable VPN which causes several issues in the mobile device and ultimately they have to reset the mobile.

However, the situation is a little better if you are a user of the iPhone. There are not many VPN applications for iPhone and iOS being a safer system does not allow them to play with their operating system. In other words, you can try different VPNs for iPhones without facing the system security risk.

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Is it illegal to use a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

No, it is not legal to use VPN in Saudi Arabia by law. VPN is not legal in Saudi Arabia 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 safe to use VPN in Saudi Arabia?

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.  Is it possible for Internet filtering in Saudi Arabia to be bypassed and to stay safe and secure? The short answer is a simple NO.

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What is the punishment for using a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Even with all the benefits, the use of a VPN for Saudi Arabia is not encouraged by us as it can lead to harsh and strict consequences.

The penalties may reach up to deportation from the country for expatriates living in Saudi Arabia and very harsh punishment for the Saudis.

Can Police track VPN?

I could not find any case where the police have tracked anyone using VPN in Saudi Arabia but the UAE has deported some people as Police found VPN software operating in their mobile phones. I personally don’t use it and strictly discourage readers of this blog to use it.

How to use VPN in Saudi Arabia?

People use VPN services to access blocked websites and get away from internet filtering.

This is primarily because the VPN service shields your personal information and IP address and presents you as a foreign user from another country, hence your location can also not be traced.

All your traffic or all the records of the sites you visited is kept safe in the VPN tunnel which allows your activity to be the same from hackers. As soon as you are connected to the VPN service you will be issued a new IP address, probably of another country.

Even if the CITC bans you somehow, the VPN Saudi Arabia server will provide you with a new IP address with a different location which will be safe for the time being from the CTIC.

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Can we use WhatsApp or Viber in Saudi Arabia?

The CITC has banned the use of the Viber app and WhatsApp audio call in Saudi Arabia due to security reasons. There is no restriction on using WhatsApp but you cannot make a call using WhatsApp in Saudi Arabia. However, people have been calling on WhatsApp using a VPN in Saudi Arabia.

Can we watch Netflix on a VPN?

You don't have to watch Netflix on VPN as there is no restriction on this application in Saudi Arabia. In fact, a large number of Saudis, as well as expats, use Netflix daily on their mobile phones, tablets, televisions, and computers.

Can you hide your IP address with VPN?

Theoretically, yes 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 authorities to track those whom they want to track. In other words, if authorities in Saudi Arabia want to track you, they will get you no matter you are using a VPN or not.

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