Ban on the entry in Makkah by Saudi expats except those living in Makkah
The Saudi authorities keeping in view the Hajj season and the increasing number of visitors on Hajj have banned the entry in Makkah by the Saudi expats and citizens living in a city other than Makkah.
Even those visiting Holy city through Haramain train are banned from entering Makkah
The authorities in Makkah have banned the entry of expatriates, including those visiting the holy city via Haramain Train, from Dhul Qadah 28 until Dhul Hijja 12.
The measures conform to the royal order banning expatriates from entering Makkah from Dhul Qadah 28 every year except for those who are living in the holy city or are working there during the Haj season. Read more: The Ministry of Hajj Issues Guidelines for Local Hajj 2020
مصدر مسؤول بوزارة الداخلية :
تقرر معاقبة كل من يخالف تعليمات منع الدخول إلى المشاعر المقدسة (منى، مزدلفة، عرفات) بلا تصريح بدءً من تاريخ ١٤٤١/١١/٢٨هـ وحتى نهاية اليوم الثاني عشر من ذي الحجة، بغرامة مالية قدرها عشرة آلاف ريال ، وفي حال تكرار المخالفة تتضاعف العقوبة. pic.twitter.com/9nNtfcIA4t
— وزارة الداخلية (@MOISaudiArabia) July 12, 2020
Those exempted from Ban need to obtain travel permits
Those who are exempted from the ban must obtain travel permits from the pertinent authorities.
The ban takes place every year at the gateways to Makkah and it applies to all modes of transport including cars, buses, and trucks and the Haramain Train has been added for the first time this year. Read more: Saudi Government Announces to Partially Resume Umrah Soon
Even visit visa holders and Iqama holders are also prohibited to enter Makkah
The above prohibition will apply also on those who are Iqama holders, Visit visa or any other kind of Visa holders.
The Saudi authorities are very much serious like every year to ensure that none of the above mentioned give entry in the premises of Makkah except those who are the residents of Makkah or visiting Makkah based on the travel permits. Read more: A Story of 72 Years Old Man Who Saved Money to do Hajj This Year
What Would be Fine?
Those who visit holy sites of Mina, Muzalifah and Arafat without a Hajj permit will face fine up to SR.10,000. The amount of penalty will be doubled with the repetition of the violation
Like every year, this year also the authorities are disseminating warnings for illegal Haj pilgrims and stated that if such illegals are caught the authorities will take the fingerprints and let them perform the Haj. Read more: Smart bracelets for Umrah pilgrims with GPS technology
However, they will not be allowed to renew their Iqamas and will face deportation. It is also heard that the authorities will impose a ban of 10 years to those Saudi expats who are caught performing Hajj without a permit.
Source: Saudi Gazette