Traveling to or from Saudi Arabia? Learn about mandatory customs declarations for cash, valuables, and goods above SR60,000. Find step-by-step instructions for submitting e-Declaration forms online and avoid penalties.
For individuals planning to travel to or from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with cash, valuables, or gifts valued over Saudi Riyals 60,000 (Dh58,706), compliance with customs regulations is vital. The Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority of Saudi Arabia (ZATCA) requires travelers to complete a mandatory declaration form for such items.
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The streamlined process of declaring valuable possessions is facilitated through the convenient e-Declaration form, accessible via the official ZATCA website – zatca.gov.sa, as well as the dedicated mobile application ‘ZATCA’, compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
The customs declaration is mandatory for the following categories of items:
- Cash exceeding Saudi Riyals 60,000 (Dh58,706).
- Precious jewelry and gemstones are valued at Saudi Riyals 60,000 (Dh58,706) or more.
- Goods intended for commercial purposes.
- Goods are subject to Excise Tax.
- Restricted or prohibited items.
- Gifts or personal purchases with a value surpassing Saudi Riyals 3,000 (Dh2,935).
For a hassle-free process, travelers can adhere to these steps for filling out the e-Declaration form:
- Visit the following link: E-Declaration Form Link
- Indicate whether you are arriving or departing from Saudi Arabia.
- Choose applicable options, such as tobacco products, valuable possessions, currencies, precious metals, or items requiring licenses or permits.
- Depending on your status (resident or visitor), access the form through your Absher account or click ‘Start’ if you are a visitor.
- Specify the type, quantity, and value of items carried, including cash or currency amounts.
- Provide personal and travel information, including passport details, contact details, and arrival/departure specifics.
- Agree to the terms and conditions and submit the form.
- Proceed to the payment portal to pay the customs fees, VAT, and issuance fees using credit or debit cards.
- Upon approval, receive the e-Declaration form through the website and email.
Additional fees to consider include 5% customs fees, Saudi Riyal 20 (Dh19) for customs declaration issuance, and 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). Mobile devices and laptops are exempt from customs duties but are subject to VAT.
Non-compliance with declaration regulations can lead to penalties. Failure to declare items valued at or exceeding Saudi Riyals 60,000 results in a monetary fine of 25% of the seized value for the first violation and 50% for repeat violations. Non-declared restricted or prohibited items result in confiscation, customs fines, and referral to authorities.
By adhering to these guidelines, travelers contribute to a smooth journey and uphold customs integrity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Stay informed about evolving regulations to ensure responsible cross-border travel experiences.