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I may have to expend extended periods of time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is a country with strong censorship, even blocking WhatsApp calls or Discord.

I am aware that in my home country I do a bunch of things online that would get swiftly blocked as well. So if I want to go there, I will have to use a VPN, as it's the only way I won't feel fear from the government's gaze.

So, is installing a VPN previous to entering the country and using it inside illegal?

After a thorough search I just found some dude's blog defending his country beliefs without any proof and many tech pages affirming they are legal just to advertise them later.

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There does not appear to be a direct "statutory" ban no possession or use of a VPN in KSA, instead the government blocks access to VPN connections. There may well be laws against activities which motivate using a VPN, you can check the cyber crimes law here. KSA differs from UAE, where using a VPN is illegal ("fraudulent computer network protocol address" used in the commission of a crime).

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