Saudi Arabia Implements New Restrictions On Hajj Visas

Saudi Arabia has recently implemented new regulations concerning the issuance of Hajj visas, restricting travel solely to the cities of Jeddah, Medina, and Makkah.

According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, pilgrims who plan to perform the Hajj rituals in 2024 are the only ones eligible for the visa.

These are the salient features of the latest limitations on Hajj visas by the Saudi government.

  • The visa, as per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, is solely for pilgrims participating in the 2024 Hajj rituals.
  • It’s clarified that the Hajj visa doesn’t permit work, residency, or travel beyond the designated cities.
  • Violations could lead to future Hajj bans and potential deportation.
  • International visitors (excluding Gulf Cooperation Council countries requiring a Hajj permit) must obtain the Hajj visa.
  • The visa is valid only during the Hajj season, with no allowance for Umrah or employment.
  • Electronic registration via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ visa platform is mandatory.

Applicants must register by the 7th of Dhu Al Hijjah or until the pilgrim quota is filled.
The application process entails logging in, selecting services, and uploading required documents.

Given the time required for processing, applicants should apply well in advance to ensure compliance with all regulations. Typically, processing takes up to three working days.

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