Document And Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Aug. 08, 2018
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol SAEX  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   20,453,273
Entity Registrant Name SAExploration Holdings, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001514732  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company