In Saudi Arabia, can unmarried couples live together?

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Many unmarried couples, particularly expats and tourists, frequently inquire about their ability to live together under Saudi Arabia’s new restrictions. Saudis, expats, and tourists all face distinct consequences. Read More:Saudi Woman is Arrested for Hip-Hop Dance While Wearing a Niqab

Unmarried Saudi couples

Unmarried Saudi couples are not permitted to live together under one roof or to share a hotel room in Saudi Arabia.

When a couple checks into a hotel, the hotel management is obligated to get the pair’s Saudi national IDs and verify that they have a Mahram relationship. Read More: Saudi Police arrest 98 people on MDL beast Harassment cases
If the Saudi tenant intends to retain his family (wife/girlfriend) in the property, the landlord must verify that the Saudi tenant is married while renting it out. Read More: Plane forced to turn, mother forgets newborn at Jeddah airport

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Unmarried Expat couples

Similarly, in Saudi Arabia, unmarried expat couples or Iqama holders are not permitted to live together in an apartment or a hotel room. Read More: 5 Years Jail + 2,400 lashes for breaking his motherโ€™s teeth

The landlord and hotel management are still required to check their marital status.

They are, however, not on the authorities’ radar because they are foreigners.

Unmarried Tourists couples

Unmarried couples on a tourist visa in Saudi Arabia can now live together in a hotel room, thanks to new regulations.

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You will be asked to give copies of your passport by the hotel management. However, they are not required to inquire about your marital status. Read More: Parents forgot 3-years old at Airport โ€“ caught with CCTV

Source:ย BBC

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