Expat Information

News and events

Find out about the UK government's diplomatic, security and development work in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and the UK Updates, news and events from the UK government in Saudi Arabia

Trade and invest

Includes investing and setting up a business in the UK and doing business in Saudi Arabia.


Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.


Department for International Trade Saudi Arabia

Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.


Overseas Business Risk - Saudi Arabia

Information on key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Saudi Arabia.


Set up a business

What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits


UK Science & Innovation Network in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Tax, benefits, pensions and working abroad

Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

Benefits you can claim if you go abroad and countries with social security arrangements with the UK


Moving or retiring abroad

What you need to know if you move or retire abroad - tax, pensions, voting and contacting your local council

National Insurance if you go abroad

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out if you need to pay National Insurance when you work abroad

State Pension if you retire abroad

How to claim State Pension if you're overseas - payment, tax, change of circumstances - contact the International Pension Centre

Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

Tax on foreign income

Find out whether you need to pay UK tax on foreign income - residence and ‘non-dom’ status, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice (including certificates of residence)

Tax on your UK income if you live abroad

Find out whether you need to pay tax on your UK income while you're living abroad - non-resident landlord scheme, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice, personal allowance of tax-free income, form R43

Living in Saudi Arabia


Education opportunities in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi education and training market has been identified as a high value education opportunity (HVO).

Get your document legalised

Use the online service to get a UK document legalised

Living in Saudi Arabia

The essential regulations, laws and social customs you need to understand when living in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia - List of medical facilities and practitioners

Local service list of medical facilities in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia travel advice

Latest travel advice for Saudi Arabia including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

Saudi Arabia – List of Lawyers

List of English speaking lawyers and translators/interpreters

Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the FCO can provide.

Urgent assistance


If you’re in Saudi Arabia and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +966 (0) 11 4819 100. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Saudi Arabia, call 020 7008 1500.

Emergency travel document


You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. Apply online for an emergency travel document

If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact the Consulate as soon as possible. If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

Notarial and documentary

Notarial services may be offered, including Oath administration, affirmation or affidavit; Make a certified copy of a document; Prepare a document in English or the local language and Arrange consular marriages. See the full list of notarial and documentary services that are provided.


Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Consular fees

See the full list of consular fees in Saudi Arabia.

Contact Details

British Embassy Riyadh, main contact

British Embassy
PO Box 94351
11693 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia


Telephone +966 (0) 11 4819 100

Fax information +966 (0) 11 481 9350

Fax defence +966 (0) 11 481 9235

Fax corporate services +966 (0) 11 481 9337

UKTI +966 (0) 11 481 9100

UKBA +966 (0) 11 481 9294

Consular +966 (0) 11 481 9229

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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British Trade Office Al Khobar

British Trade Office
PO Box 3672
Saudi Arabia

Telephone +966 (0)13 882 5300

Telephone +966 (0)13 882 5146

Telephone +966 (0)13 882 5470

Fax +966 (0)13 882 5384

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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British Consulate General Jeddah

British Consulate General
P.O. Box 393
Saudi Arabia

Telephone +966 (0)12 622 5550

Fax +966 (0)12 622 6249

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 5am to 12pm (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm (Local)

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