#FactCheck: Did Saudi Arabia Ban Carrying Zamzam Water on Flights?

Many media outlets reported Wednesday afternoon that Saudi Arabia had banned passengers from bringing Zamzam water on flights and that the move coincided with Dhul-Hajj, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims from all over the world gather in Makkah to perform Hajj.

According to the reports, the Saudi aviation authority, the General Authority of Civil Aviation, issued a Hajj Instructions notification (GACA). The instruction mentioned in paragraph 6.9 on page number 11 was, however, misquoted in the majority of the reports.

According to the report, the authorities have prohibited pilgrims from carrying Zamzam water and have instructed all airlines to ensure that no passengers traveling through Jeddah or any other airport in Saudi Arabia have bottles filled with holy water.

According to the reports, airlines have been warned of “strict action” if the new orders are not followed.

The fact

However, when a reliable source obtained the notification from the GACA website, the Hajj Instructions clearly state that pilgrims will be permitted to carry the “allowed amount” of Zamzam water.

“Air Carriers strictly prohibited carrying Zamzam water except in the allowed amount based on the electronic service of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and produced by the Custodian of the Holy Mosques Zamzam Project,” according to the notification (emphasis added).

FactCheck: Did Saudi Arabia Ban Carrying Zamzam Water on Flights

A screenshot of paragraph 6.9, which contains instructions for using Zamzam water.
“The Zamzam water container must be properly wrapped by the airport wrapping company,” it added.

All airlines have been instructed to ensure Zamzam logistics on the ferry, and the holy water will not be left at the airport until the end of the Hajj season.

Passengers are only permitted to purchase and check in one box of five liters of Zamzam water, which must be packed in manufactured packaging provided by the Saudi Airport Authority, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

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