Foreign Affairs advises Filipinos on new Saudi Arabia policy on public decency

DFA Logo and photo of Riyadh at night (from Gulf News)

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday reminded overseas Filipino workers to adhere to the new Saudi Arabia regulation on public decency to avoid violations and penalties.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs reminds Filipino travelers to Saudi Arabia to adhere to a new regulation related to public decency, which identifies 19 offenses punishable by fines," DFA said in an advisory issued on Wednesday.

The Foreign Affairs explained that new regulations make sure those travelers to Saudi are well reminded of the laws concerning public behavior.

According to Arab News website, men and women are required to dress modestly, refrain from public displays of affection, and avoid using profane language or gestures. 

While women are free to choose a modest choice of clothing, are required to cover shoulders and knees when in public.

The purchase or sale and drinking alcohol are also illegal in Saudi Arabia, the same goes for bringing alcohol or drugs.

As for implementation, Saudi Arabia identifies the Saudi Police as the sole authority responsible for monitoring offenses and imposing fines ranging from 100 Saudi riyals (PHP1,380) to SAR6,000 Saudi riyals (PHP83,000).

Meanwhile, the DFA said that offenders still have the right to submit a grievance claim before the Common Courtesy Department and to appeal any penalties. 

Also, anyone harmed by a violation can claim their private rights and file a lawsuit against the offender.

 For the complete list of public decency offenses and their corresponding fines, DFA encourages Filipino travelers to visit the website: Arab News

Source: PNA

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