Latest Guide on restricted items for Travelers from Kerala to Saudi Arabia 2024

Navigating the Restricted List: A Guide for Travelers from Kerala to Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, steeped in rich history and religious significance, welcomes visitors from all walks of life, including pilgrims from Kerala seeking spiritual fulfillment. However, to ensure a smooth entry and avoid unnecessary delays, familiarizing yourself with the latest regulations on restricted items is crucial. This comprehensive guide details what you can't pack in your bags when flying from Kerala to Saudi Arabia, incorporating recent updates and referencing official sources. We'll also explore potential differences in restrictions during Ramadan and for pilgrims.

Latest Guide on restricted items for Travelers from Kerala to Saudi Arabia 2024

Essentials to Avoid: A Categorical Breakdown

For a stress-free arrival, both pilgrims and regular travelers should avoid carrying the following items in their checked or cabin baggage:

Food and Agriculture Products: Tread Carefully

Saudi Arabia has strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Here's what to avoid packing in your edibles category:

  • Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, and Seafood: Unless commercially packaged and declared, these items are generally not allowed. (https://zatca.gov.sa/en/RulesRegulations/Taxes/Pages/customs_individual/Prohibited-goods.aspx)
  • Homemade Food Items: Avoid carrying any food prepared at home, as it might be confiscated. Pack commercially sealed and processed food items instead.
  • Plant Products: Seeds, plants, and plant materials might require prior permission for import. Check with the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water (MEAW) for specific regulations. (https://www.mewa.gov.sa/)

Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols in Cabin Baggage:

When it comes to liquids, gels, and aerosols (LGA) in your carry-on luggage, adhere to the following guidelines set by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA):

  • Container Size: Each container must not exceed 100ml (3.4oz).
  • Total Allowance: The total quantity of liquids you can carry must not exceed 1 liter (33.8oz) packed in a clear, resealable plastic bag with a maximum size of 1 liter.
  • Exemptions: Medications, baby food, and special dietary requirements may be allowed in excess of these limits with proper documentation and upon passenger screening. ([invalid URL removed])

Pilgrimage Considerations:

While the core restrictions remain the same for pilgrims, there are a few specific points to consider:

  • Religious Items: Pilgrims can carry religious items like Ihram garments, prayer mats, and Qurans without any restrictions.
  • Zamzam Water: Pilgrims are allowed to carry a reasonable amount of Zamzam water back home. However, some airlines might have limitations on the quantity, so check with your carrier beforehand.

 

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