Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their advice to UK citizens who wish to practise their chosen religion whilst in Saudi Arabia.

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The public practice of any form of religion other than Islam is illegal; as is an intention to convert others.

However, the Saudi authorities accept the private practice of religions other than Islam, and you can bring a Bible into the country as long as it is for your personal use. This advice is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Travel Advice for Saudi Arabia.

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