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Saudi Arabia to fine up to 50,000 riyals

TBP Desk
24 Feb 2024 21:52:05 | Update: 24 Feb 2024 22:08:11
Saudi Arabia to fine up to 50,000 riyals
Muslim worshippers and pilgrims gather around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca on June 24, 2023 — AFP Photo

Saudi Arabia has warned visitors and residents against participating in the upcoming Hajj season 2024 without obtaining necessary permits, according to the Gulf News.

To ensure the smooth operation of this system and to mitigate potential violations, stringent penalties have been introduced, said the UAE based newspaper on Saturday, reports BSS.

Collaborating with the General Directorate of Passports, Saudi authorities have established severe consequences for individuals found to be violating Hajj regulations.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stressed that performing Hajj without obtaining necessary permits is illegal and attracts a fine of 50,000 Saudi riyals.

Additionally, individuals caught transporting pilgrims without proper permits will also be slapped with a fine of up to 50,000 Saudi riyals.

Expatriates found guilty of such violations will be jailed for six months, followed by deportation from Saudi Arabia. They will be prohibited from re-entering the country for 10 years.

Additionally, those violating regulations will face public discretisation through media channels.