Can you buy pork in Saudi Arabia?

Many Non-Muslims who move to Saudi Arabia want to know if they can buy pork or pig meat in Saudi Arabia. Before we answer this, keep in mind that pork is Haram in Islam and banned in Saudi Arabia.

Buying Pork

While in some countries, you can have a non-Muslim license to access Haram products, this is not the case here. Saudi Arabia, being an Islamic country, has banned the sale and purchase of pork.

Can you buy pork in Saudi Arabia?
This picture is from a Supermarket in the UAE.

If any pork element product is found in supermarkets, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) takes strict action against the culprits. In 2015, a large amount of pasta was confiscated from Saudi Arabia’s markets and later destroyed for having pork elements in it.

Bringing pork in luggage

Non-Muslims are not allowed to bring in pork or any product containing any element of it. Even if you are having a bag of chips containing pork fat or pork flavor, you will be asked to waste it at the airport, you cannot bring that in, Saudi Arabia.

Can you buy pork in Saudi Arabia?
This picture is from a Supermarket in the UAE.

Importing pork

Similarly, importing pork meat into the country is prohibited per Saudi law. Saudi customs laws explicitly prohibit its import. Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has repeatedly reiterated that all products available in the Saudi market are free from pork fat.

Any special places to eat pork?

Generally speaking, there is no exception to the rule of eating pork: you cannot get it anywhere. However, per the USDA website, pork or pork products may be allowed entry for U.S. diplomatic or military use.

Are there any pigs in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia does not allow pig farming in the country as its meat is prohibited in Islam. However, you might find some pigs in the zoo maintained by different municipalities. The pigs are kept there just for educational purposes.

Punishment for Eating pork

As the pigs’ meat is unavailable in Saudi Arabia, one cannot simply eat it. Despite the prohibition, it is not such a commodity that one would crave to use it.

However, if someone is found buying and selling pork or eating it despite knowing the repercussions, the punishment can include imprisonment, fines, and even deportation.

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