Saudi Arabia: More Than 20,000 Arrivals Violated Hajj Instructions

Saudi Public Security confirmed that the number of people who violated the rules and instructions of Hajj, by not leaving the city of Mecca despite possessing visit visas of all kinds, exceeded 20,000 arrivals. She insisted that those who violate these rules will be subject to sanctions in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the Kingdom, in order to preserve the safety of pilgrims authorized to perform the Hajj, so that they can perform their rites in complete security and tranquility.

She explained that visit visas, in all their forms and names, do not allow their holders to perform Hajj, urging all visitors to the Kingdom with a visit visa not to travel to Mecca or to travel there. stay during the period from 11/15/1445 AH to 12/15/1445 AH.

The Saudi Interior Ministry had launched the digital identity service for those arriving in the Kingdom with a Hajj visa for this year 1445 AH, as part of the efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to enable digital transformation and harness technology for the service of humanity.

The ministry clarified that the digital identity of pilgrims, developed in cooperation with the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Hajj and Umrah, as well as the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), allows pilgrims to prove their identity electronically via the (Absher) and (Tawakkalna) platforms, thus facilitating its use throughout their journey, which improves the quality of services offered to them and enriches their experience.

Saudi public security also stressed that anyone who fails to report the departure of the individuals they brought in within the specified time frame will be fined up to 50,000 riyals ($13,333), with a prison sentence of up to up to six months, and will be deported if she is a foreigner.

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