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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Women in Saudi Starts Travelling Alone With Permission

Women in Saudi Arabia are now enjoying more freedom in terms of traveling abroad. It comes after the implementation of the landmark reform that allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport and travel the world without needing permission from a male guardian.

The reform came into effect last August 19 were hundreds or even thousands of Saudi women starts traveling without men's permission. Saudi Gazette reported that many women crossed into Bahrain on Monday unaccompanied as they take advantage of the new regulation.

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It is stated on the Royal Decrees that beginning August, the permission of a male guardian for women to travel or apply passport is no longer required. This is based on the new amendments in the Travel Document Regulation that allow a woman to apply for and obtain a passport without requiring the approval of her male guardian. The amendments included granting the same rights to males and females above 21 years of age, and travel permit for custody of minors.

Many Saudi women took social media to celebrate new freedom and praise Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman for the historic move. Last year, the crown prince also granted women the right to drive as well as study at university, undergo surgery or get a job without male consent.


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In other changes unveiled earlier this month, Saudi women were also granted the right to officially register childbirth, marriage or divorce and to be recognized as a guardian to children who are minors – same as men.

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This article is filed under Saudi Arabia, travel restriction and women's right.