1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

passport experiences

Reader comment on item: The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations
in response to reader comment: confiscation of US passports in Saudi Arabia by American companies

Submitted by Henk Middelraad (United States), Apr 7, 2006 at 17:40

I worked for Aramco between 1964 and 1970.
THe reason that US passport were taken from employees after entering the Kingdom was that many of the people had a new passport and never been exposed to the requirements. Many construction hands lost their passports by improperly managing their personal affaires.

Aramco created an office to prevent the many demands for substitute passports by starting an office that would obtain the passports for safekeeping after arrival in the kingdom.

From my experiences it was quite efficient and I never had any problems to get it back when I needed it for repratriation.

Evidently it turned into a local law for everyone to turn his passport in after passing customs.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to passport experiences by Henk Middelraad

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)