Saudi Arabia has introduced new regulations for Hajj visas in 2024, aiming to streamline the pilgrimage process and ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims. Under these regulations, travel is restricted to the holy cities of Jeddah, Medina, and Makkah, with the visa serving solely as an entry permit for participating in the rituals.

The 2024 Hajj visa prohibits work, residency, or travel beyond the designated cities, with violations potentially resulting in a ban on future Hajj participation and deportation. Visitors from countries outside the Gulf Cooperation Council must secure a Hajj visa for their pilgrimage, with the visa only valid for the pilgrimage period, barring holders from performing Umrah or seeking employment.

To obtain a Hajj visa, pilgrims can register electronically through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ platform, completing their registration by the 7th of Dhu Al Hijjah or until the quota is filled. Pilgrims are advised to apply early, as processing may take up to three working days to avoid any issues. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has clarified these regulations to ensure a smooth pilgrimage experience for all participants.

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