Saudi Arabia surprised pilgrims with a new ban

The Chief Directorate of Saudi passports issued a statement confirming that those who come from Hajj from abroad are prohibited from traveling outside Mecca, Jeddah and Medina.

The Directorate General of the Saudi Arabian passports issued 19 administrative decisions against civilians and foreign residents and transported pilgrims without a permit.

The penalties imposed on them included 15 days in prison and a fine of 40,000 riyals (10.6 thousand US dollars), defaming them and confiscating the means of transport for the Saudis.

The same punishments, besides deportation, apply to foreign expats who violate the laws of the Hajj.

The authorities in Saudi Arabia allow citizens and residents to do Hajj, but after registration for pilgrimage, through the offices and accredited institutions, inside and outside the country.

Approximately two million pilgrims from 168 countries around the world on Monday led the largest pilgrimage to stand on Mount Arafat in Mecca.


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