Penalty for Hajj and Umrah Visitors on Unauthorized Travel in the Kingdom

Umrah and Hajj visas are issued to pilgrims who want to travel to Holy Places of Makkah and Madina. If you are on a Hajj or Umrah visa, you are not allowed to move or visit any other city without the permit from Hajj or Umrah Administration.

If a Hajj or Umrah visitor is caught traveling to any other city without this approval, he will be detained and transferred to a detention center called Tarheel. A fine of SR 10 000 will be imposed to him and he can’t move to his city without paying the exact amount. After paying the fine, he will then be deported to his country in his own expense.

If you are caught transporting the Hajj or Umrah visitors to travel to other cities will be fined, jailed and deported as well. The case varied whether you are an expatriate or a national of Saudi Arabia.

If you are an expatriate resident who is caught in transporting the Hajj and Umrah visitors without a permit form the Administration, you will be fined with SR 10 000, jailed for a period of 1 to 3 months and will be deported after the imprisonment.

If you are a Saudi National, fine will be SR 10 000 plus three months of imprisonment for the first offense, SR 20 000 and imprisonment of 6 months for the second offense, and SR 30 000 and 6 months of imprisonment for the third offense.

The fines mentioned are for transporting one Hajj or Umrah visitor from one place to another without a travel authorization. If you are caught transporting one visitor, the fines and punishments will be multiplied according to the number of visitors transported.