Saudi Arabia bans foreigners from advertising online without a license

The commission said it had monitored violations committed by a number of foreigners, including expatriates and visitors, on social media and after reviewing their data, it was found that they had committed violations. , including not having business records or licenses and not being part of a licensed business entity or foreign investment institution.

“In coordination with the Ministry of Commerce, a circular will be generalized to commercial establishments asking them not to deal with offending non-Saudi advertisers or to invite them to events marketing products, services and goods,” the commission added. in a press release.

According to Saudi regulations, including broadcast media, e-commerce and anti-commercial concealment systems, non-Saudis are not allowed to conduct unlicensed business for their own account.

Violation of these rules is considered a crime punishable by five years in prison and a maximum fine of SR5 million. Earlier this month, Saudi authorities banned a famous Arab Snapchat influencer from advertising for posting tobacco-promoting videos on her social media accounts. The celebrity was fined SR400,000 for unlicensed advertising.