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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public security has started imposing penalties on pilgrims who violate Hajj regulations and instructions by going on the pilgrimage without permission.

Areas subject to the permit ban and Hajj ban policy include the city of Makkah, the central area, the holy cities, Haramain railway station, security checkpoints, screening centers and temporary security checkpoints, the Saudi Press Agency reported. .

The rule will be in effect until June 20, 2024.

Any individual – whether a citizen, resident or visitor – found to be violating Hajj regulations will be fined 10,000 Saudi Riyals ($2,666). Non-citizens will be deported to their home country and barred from re-entering the Kingdom for a period of time.

Public Security also announced that penalties would be doubled for repeat offenders, as the agency stressed the importance of following Hajj regulations and instructions to ensure pilgrims can perform the rituals safely and peacefully.

In addition, any individual caught transporting Hajj violators without a permit faces a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to 50,000 rials (13,328) and confiscation of the vehicle.

Violators who are not citizens will be deported after serving their sentence and will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom for a certain period of time. Fines will be multiplied according to the number of transported violators, the agency adds.

To report violations, contact (911) in Makkah, Riyadh and the Eastern regions or (999) in other regions.

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