Saudi Arabia Says Jews Welcome to Work in Kingdom

Labor Ministry says religion is not a factor when issuing employment visas.

Bloomberg

Jews are allowed to work in Saudi Arabia, a source in the Saudi Labor Ministry told the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, Gulf News reported Tuesday.

“The ministry does not mind issuing employment visas to Jews as it deals with nationalities, and not with religions,” the source is quoted as saying in the Gulf News.

In the past Saudi Arabia hasn't shown much willingness to allow Jews into its territory. Earlier this year, the country refused to issue a visa to a Jerusalem Post journalist who does not hold an Israeli passport, who wanted to visit the country to report on U.S. President Barack Obama's visit.

In 2011, following rumors circulating that Delta Airlines was helping Saudi Arabia weed out Jewish passengers traveling to it, Saudi Arabia denied the allegations saying “The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion."

In 2004, following a statement by the country's tourism organization that Jews were not allowed into the country, the Saudi government denied that it discriminated against Jews entering the country.

While Jews may be allowed to enter the country, Israelis are not.