Why Hajj and Umrah pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia?

It is the wish of each and every Muslim around the world to visit the two holy places in Makkah and Madinah. The Makkah is the place where the visitors comes on Hajj and Umrah Visas, visit to perform Umrah and Hajj and offer several other prayers in front of Ka’bah.

The Madinah is the place where the Muslims visit the grave of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and offer prayers. Also, there are so many historical places both in Makkah and Madinah other than Ka’bah and Prophet’s Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) grave which attracts the visitors to experience.

Fines & Penalties in case of violation of any rule by Hajj & Umrah pilgrims

Most of the visitors to Saudi Arabia on Hajj and Umrah Visas are not well aware of the rules and regulations applicable to them during the period of their stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are certain activities and restrictions which the visitors of Saudi Arabia on Hajj and Umrah Visas are not well aware and sometimes violate them mistakenly or unintentionally.  Read more: Saudi King Salman & Crown Prince (MBS) Issue Orders to Cancel Second time Umrah Visa Fee

Our frequent website readers keep requesting us to write a detailed article which enlists the number of violations and the penalties and fines related to the Hajj and Umrah Visas holders, therefore, we have summarized below the list of violations which are applicable on the violator who visits Saudi Arabia on Hajj and Umrah Visas. Read more: The Ministry announces to issue High-Tech ‘Smart’ Cards for the safeguard & Security of Hajj pilgrims.


Violation No.1: In case, if the violator is the Visitor on Hajj or Umrah visa

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet’s Mosque visitor, who is self-employed, and works for his own account or who didn’t leave the country after his visa expiry. 1). Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one-month imprisonment or both.
2). His documents shall be copied and sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to notify the Saudi Embassy in his country to suspend granting him a visa for Umrah or visit before a year minimally of his deportation. Read more: The facilities announced in the Makkah and Madinah Mosques for Hajj pilgrims of 2019
3). He shall be deported at his own expense.



Violation No.2: In case, if the violator is the Visitor on Hajj or Umrah visa

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet’s Mosque visitor, who travels outside Makkah, Jeddah or Madinah during the validity of the visa granted to him or after its expiry. 1). Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one-month imprisonment or both.
2). He shall be deported at his own expense.
3). Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation before imposing the penalty.



Violation No.3: In case, if the violator is the Visitor on Hajj or Umrah visa and the Saudi Citizen and Saudi expat

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Transporting a guest for Hajj, Umrah or the Prophet’s Mosque visitor outside the established routes specified for him by the establishment responsible for his arrival and departure during his visa validity. 1). If the carrier is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.
2). If the carrier is a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R .or 3 to 6 month’s imprisonment. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. or six months imprisonment.
3). Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
4). Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation to be punished if the violation was established.



Violation No.4: In case, if the violator is the Visitor on Hajj or Umrah visa and the Saudi Citizen and Saudi expat

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Transportation of an Umrah or Hajj guest, or the Prophet’s Mosque visitor outside the established routes specified for him by the establishment responsible for his arrival and departure after the expiry of the validity of the visa. 1). If the carrier is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.
2). If the carrier is a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R .or 3 to 6 month’s imprisonment. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. or six months imprisonment.
3). Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
4). Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation to be punished if the violation was established.
5). Publish the violator’s penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.



Violation No.5: In case, if the violator is a Saudi expat resident

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country. Fines are SAR. 10,000 or one-month imprisonment, or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deporting him. Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved. Read more: Children of Hajj pilgrims will be taken care in Nurseries during Hajj 2019



Violation No.6: In case, if the violator is a Saudi citizen

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country. 1). The fines in the first instance are 10,000 S.R. and a minimum of two weeks imprisonment.
2). In the case of the second instance, his fines are 20,000 S.R. and 1-month imprisonment.
3). Third instance fines are 30,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment.
4). Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.



Violation No.7: In case, if the violator is a Saudi citizen

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country. If the Saudi citizen wasn’t able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 6 months. Read more: Domestic/ local Hajj pilgrims wouldn’t have to worry about their luggage anymore



Violation No.8: In case, if the violator is a Saudi expat or Saudi citizen

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country. Publish the violator’s penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions. Read more: Smart bracelets for Umrah pilgrims with GPS technology



Violation No.9: In case, if the violator is a Saudi expat or Saudi citizen

Nature of Violation Fine/ Penalty Amount
Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country. 1). In case of renting a residence to the overstayer, the renter shall be considered a violator. He shall submit a pledge which shall be kept for future reference.
2). If violation repeated, the housing unit shall be closed for six months, and for one year
3). In the second violation and in the third instance the closure will be for two years.

 

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Source: MOI