Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz issued a directive that non-Saudis or Expatriates convicted of crimes and sentenced to prison for three months or longer or to more than 40 lashes must be deported.
Interior Ministry also announced banning expatriates who have criminal records in GCC countries from entry to Saudi Arabia. Violators of the country’s residency laws will be banned from entering for three years for first-time violators and for life for second-time violators.
Deportation is applied against expatriates who perpetrate major crimes. First-time offenders in lesser crimes and sentenced to less than three months in prison or 40 lashes would not be deported but obliged to sign an undertaking. Second-time offenders will be deported. (MOI 5/29/2013)