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 lack of business records or licenses and were not 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 through her social media accounts. The celebrity was fined SR400,000 for unlicensed advertising.

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