Kuwait Imposes Heavy fines, deportation for Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrimage

6 months jail for illegal transportation

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KUWAIT CITY, May 9: Saudi Arabia has announced strict penalties for those attempting to perform Hajj without a valid permit. As part of these regulations, anyone caught in the designated areas without proper authorization will face a fine of 10,000 riyals, regardless of whether they are citizens, residents, or visitors.

File Photo: Thousands of Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Ka’aba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 25, 2023. Muslim pilgrims are converging on Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah for the largest Hajj since the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed access to one of Islam’s five pillars. (AP)

Additionally, residents who violate this rule risk deportation to their home countries and an entry ban into Saudi Arabia for a legally specified period. These measures are in effect from June 2 to June 20, reports Al-Rai daily. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior emphasized that repeat offenders will face a doubled fine of 10,000 riyals. The Ministry urged all individuals to comply with Hajj regulations to ensure a safe and secure environment for all pilgrims.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), anyone caught transporting individuals who do not have a Hajj permit faces imprisonment for up to 6 months and a fine of up to 50,000 riyals. Vehicles used in such transport can be confiscated by judicial order, and if the transporter is an expatriate, they may be deported and prohibited from re-entering Saudi Arabia for a specified period.

The financial penalty for transportation violations will be multiplied by the number of unauthorized individuals carried. These strict measures are intended to maintain order and ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during Hajj.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs has completed the procedures for uploading the names of 8,000 pilgrims from Kuwait who were accepted for the 1445 AH Hajj season and registered with Kuwaiti caravans on the electronic platform that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia designated for pilgrims abroad, in preparation for the issuance of Hajj permits within the next few days, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources revealed to the daily that the ministry already received the sites for the Kuwaiti Hajj mission and caravans in Mina and Arafat in coordination with the concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia. Sources praised the cooperation and commendable efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to ensure the comfort of the pilgrims.

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