No entry into Makkah without Hajj permit or visa
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Makkah: Saudi security forces on Saturday began the implementation of the new rules that barred entry into the city of Makkah without a permit for locals and a visa for international pilgrims.

Enforcement of the new rules, which were announced by the General Security of the Two Holy Mosques, was part of reforms to enhance security, improve safety, and curb unlawful attempts to perform Hajj without the requisite documentation.

Hajj can longer be perform with visas of work, tourism, visit, transit and other related visas except the hajj visa.

Citizens or residents seeking to enter the holy site and perform hajj are required to acquire a permit from local authorities, while foreigners are to acquire visas from their home countries before arriving in the Kingdom.

Authorities have also earlier launched the “Nusuk” card, which would be issued to every pilgrim during this year’s Hajj.

The card serves as an easy means of identifying the pilgrims as it holds key information such as the pilgrim’s personal data, address, and health records.

It is to be delivered to pilgrims through their respective Hajj missions or establishments and contracted Hajj service companies.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah urged pilgrims to obtain the card before their arrival at the Holy Sites, as they are required to carry the card during their travel and movements throughout the Hajj period.

The ministry also indicated that the card is mandatory for entry and travel within the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, as well as for movement between the holy sites of Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah.

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The Hajj authorities have also warned potential pilgrims against engaging fake companies that advertise enticing hajj deals, especially via social media.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars has described any attempt to permit hajj without a requisite  permit as a transgression against Sharia.

“This sacred journey must be approached with reverence and respect, honouring the sanctity of the rituals and holy sites connected to Hajj,” the council noted in a statement.

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