Family visit visa holders are allowed to visit Kingdom during Hajj.

Barred to perform Hajj without a permit.
The Hajj season in Saudi Arabia begins on the 1st of Zul-Qaeda in the lunar month in which pilgrims from different countries start arriving. Due to the arrival of Hajj pilgrims, Umrah visas are closed so that the pilgrims coming from all over the world can be facilitated and they can spend most of their time in worship in peace.

From the beginning of the month of Zul-Qaeda, people from other cities of the Kingdom have been temporarily banned from entering Makkah. Checkpoints are set up at all entrances to Makkah. No one can go to Makkah without a special permit during the Hajj season. However, those who are residents of Makkah Mukarramah have the facility that they can continue to come and go by showing their residence identities.

In this regard, a person asked at the Ministry of Interior portal: “Can family visitors come on a visa during the month of Hajj when the visa has been stamped?” “There is no objection if the airline operators provide this facility,” the ministry portal said. However, the visitor must have a main valid visa for entering the country. In case of a valid visa, they can come whenever they want.

Remember that those who come on a visit or Umrah visa are not allowed to perform Hajj. Such persons cannot enter Makkah during the Hajj season without a special permit.

According to the law, it is also mandatory for foreigners residing in Hajj to obtain Hajj packages through the Hajj service providers who also issue Hajj permits. Regarding the breach of exit re-entry law, one person asked, “Wife was sent on exit re-entry visa.” But Corona cancelled his wife’s visa due to non-arrival, after which he was included in the category of ‘Kharaj Walam Yaad’, now he wants to find out whether she can be called on a visit visa now?

“Anyone who violates the exit re-entry laws is banned from entering the country for three years,” the ministry portal said. “Such people cannot come to the country on any work visa, but there is no problem in coming on another visa issued by their former sponsor۔”

With reference to the above question, keep in mind that since the woman was under the care of her husband, the said law does not apply to her. Women are not subject to the ‘Kharj-e-Walam-e-Yaad’ ban because they did not reside on work visas, while the said law is for holders residing on work visas, under which new visa-holder cannot come to the country. However, the visa holder is allowed to come during the restriction period on the second visa of the former sponsor.

A woman who does not return after leaving the exit re-entry visa can come on a visit or residence visa issued by her husband, there is no impediment. It may be recalled that a few years ago when the ban on breach of promise of the exodus was imposed on work visa holders, this ban was also imposed on families. Under the ban, if the head of the family did not cancel the stay of the families who did not return after leaving the Kingdom, the said ban would be imposed on them, however, now this ban does not apply to the families.

— The article was published in Urdu News online—

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