Quick Guide on Saudi Visa Processing During Hajj Season

Saudi Visa Processing During Hajj Season: Visa processing time might be delayed by a few days during Hajj season. Many Muslims all over the world travel to Saudi Arabia every year during the Hajj season so the embassies have to process this huge number of visa and it is on top of their priorities.

It is so obvious that those who are not performing Hajj have a direct effect of it as their visit visa or work or family visa process might get delayed for few days. This delay is not for visas only but also on other related documents.

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Horrifying Penalties for Sheltering the Over-Stayers After Performing Hajj and Umrah

Saudi authorities are very strict when it comes to imposing penalties on the people who help the Hajj or the Umrah pilgrims by providing them shelter to overstay in Saudi Arabia. Over stayers are penalized too as well as those people who helped them.

Punishments of sheltering the Hajj and Umrah over stayer

1. If the violator is an expatriate resident, his fines are SR 10 000 or a one-month imprisonment or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation.

2. If the violator is a citizen, his fines are SR 10 000 and a minimum of two weeks imprisonment for the first offense. SR 20 000 and one-month imprisonment for the second offense and SR 30 000 and three months imprisonment for the third offense.

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How to Apply Online for Hajj in Saudi Arabia?

Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage that is observed every year in Mecca and it is a religious duty of a Muslim to perform even once in their lifetime.

This activity is only for adult Muslims who are financially and physically stable to undertake the journey. The Muslim should also be able to support his family while performing the pilgrimage and not to spend all their money on it.

Today, it is not too hard to perform Hajj because you don’t have to face the difficulties of traveling from long distances. Performing Hajj is very easy if you are from Saudi Arabia. If a Muslim from another country wants to perform Hajj, he must have his passport at all times. The following are the basic procedures on how how to apply online for Hajj from Saudi Arabia.

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Mind-Blowing Penalties for Pilgrims Working on Umrah Visa

People coming for Hajj or Umrah are not allowed to work either voluntarily or with pay. Saudi government treats each individual very seriously.

Around ten years ago, people used to come on visit visa and work without any problem but things are different nowadays. The Saudi government authorized agencies in every country and they will be accountable if an Umrah visitor does not go back from Saudi Arabia in a given time.

Hence, Umrah and Hajj visitors who will be caught by the government working somewhere or overstayed pilgrims will be penalized in the following way:

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How to Get Hajj Permit for Family Visit Visa Holders in the Kingdom?

Residents with certain professions are allowed to bring their family with them to Saudi Arabia on family visit visa. It is issued 1 to 3 months and it can be extended up to 180 days. People are bringing their families to Saudi Arabia before Ramadan and go to Makkah and Madina to worship. Some have intentions to keep them until Hajj time.

The Saudi government stop issuing the family visit visa a month before the Ramadan. As the Ramadan starts, they also stop the extension of family visit visa. This is to prevent this family visit visa holder to perform Hajj. Family visit visa holders are not allowed to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi government. In other words, you can’t get Hajj permit for family visit visa in Saudi Arabia.

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How to Check Hajj Eligibility Through MOI Website?

According to the Ministry of Haj in Saudi, there are about 1.8 million pilgrims who arrived and 500,000 more people with visas are still to come. Incoming pilgrims include 455,000 Egyptians and 333,000 Pakistanis just for the first quarter alone of 2016.

Now if you are coming in the Kingdom for this activity, this article will help you identify the procedure of checking if someone is eligible to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia. This procedure is exclusive for residents of Saudi Arabia or Saudi Nationals.

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Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia: Ultimate Tips on Hajj and Umrah

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. It is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith, such as Kabbah in Saudi Arabia in the holy cities of Meccah and Medina. Now, if you are coming to Saudi Arabia to perform this activity, you should be mindful of the following:

Guideline for pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

1.Each pilgrim should have a valid passport

2.Each pilgrim should have required health documents

3.Each pilgrim should get a free-of-charge entry visa from the Saudi Embassy in his country

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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.

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How to Check if Hajj Permit is Genuine?

The Saudi Government changed the procedure to apply for Hajj. You must complete the application form properly so you will be provided with an IBAN where you have to deposit your payment. You have to wait for a couple of days after depositing the amount on the bank until your application status on the Ministry of Hajj will appear “paid.” You need to wait for another couple of days to print your Hajj Tasreeh permit.


You need to open the Ministry of Interior website first and select the English language option. Click the “electronic inquiries” and wait for the drop down list to appear. Click the “Hajj Permit” option and look for the “ Inquiry about Hajj Permit” option and click the button to proceed.

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