Overview The following items may be imported into Saudi Arabia without incurring customs duty:
• 600 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco. • A reasonable amount of perfume. • A reasonable amount of cultured pearls for personal use.
Note: Duty is levied on cameras and typewriters, but if these articles are re-exported within 90 days, the customs charges may be refunded. It is advisable not to put film into cameras.
Prohibited Imports Alcohol, all edible goods, narcotics and drugs (except medicines for personal use accompanied by a prescription), pornography, religious books (besides the Koran), pork, firearms, natural pearls, live animals and birds, all types of palm trees, most foods and items listed as prohibited by the Arab League (copy available from the Embassy).