How to use a foreign SIM in KSA without roaming?

Many people don't know that they can activate their country's SIM card in Saudi Arabia such as Mobily from Pakistan, PT Telkom from Indonesia, Airtel, and Jio from India without any roaming charges.

It means that you don't have to buy a new SIM in Saudi Arabia. STC will assign a temporary Saudi number on your Airtel, Jio, PT Telkom, or Mobily SIM card and you would be able to make calls, use the internet according to local charges.

Activate the foreign SIM in Saudi Arabia

  • Insert the Airtel, Jio, Mobily, or any other foreign SIM in your mobile.
  • Go to Settings > Network Settings > Mobile Network.
  • Choose the network manually to “STC”.

  • Now call to 1500 and select the English language by dialing 2.
  • In order to activate the temporary local number, dial 1.
  • Note your new local number and start using the service. 

Receiving a Call

You can give your Saudi mobile number to the people who want to contact you. In this way, you don't have to pay any roaming charges on Airtel, Jio, or any other SIM.

Making a call

After this, every call to a Saudi number will be considered as a national call.

  • Dial *1 prior to dialing the number.
  • Example: *10547450147.

The initial registration will give you a free starting balance of 5 SAR which will be valid for 3 days. You can recharge your account by dialing 1500.

Terms and Condition

  • No Iqama details are required.
  • No fingerprints are required.
  • Both Visitors and Iqama holders can use this service.

Which Indian SIM works in Saudi Arabia?

People often come up with a question, which Indian SIM works in Saudi Arabia? I think all the SIMs would work in Saudi Arabia as long as your roaming is active.

Saudi Arabia is a country where more than 1 million people travel every year from India; as a result, Indian cellular companies have contracted with one or another mobile network in Saudi Arabia to continue providing their services.

The best Saudi SIM card for Umrah/Hajj pilgrims

People are also intrigued to know which Saudi SIM card is the best for Umrah pilgrims of Pakistan and India. I would like to tell you that all mobile networks in Saudi Arabia offer attractive packages to engage Umrah pilgrims.

I think the best SIM card for Umrah Pilgrims is the one which has the best internet facility available in Makkah and Madina and especially around the Haram.

According to my personal experience, Zain SIM card is the best for Umrah pilgrims of Pakistan and India due to their cheap call rates and internet packages.

Price for a Saudi Sim card for umrah

People coming for Hajj and Umrah want to know the price at which Saudi SIM cards are available for Umrah and Hajj pilgrims. Well, the price varies from SR 15 to SR 30. The one available for SR 30 comes up with some free internet, free balance, or free calling minutes.

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