Monday, 17 October 2016

Saudi Arabia goes hard on pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia  has just concluded the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land where Muslims go. But they are battling the problem of visitors overstaying their visit.

Punch gathered that on Monday the Saudi Government started a crackdown on foreign pilgrims overstaying their Hajj visas.

The Saudi authorities have warned offenders stating that they  would have to pay an equivalent of 13,329 dollars in fine, face six months in jail and deportation.

“Those who transport, recruit or shelter overstayed pilgrims will face up to 26,662 dollars in fine and six months in jail,’’if found guilty.

According to Saudi authorities, the visa for pilgrims, or Hajj visa, cannot be renewed while those with such visas cannot take up jobs or go outside Mecca.
Report says around 1.8 million pilgrims took part in the last pilgrimage season, majority of them were foreigners.

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