By Innovation-sa on July 29, 2018 in News

As the countdown to Hajj begins, Saudi authorities intensified the ban on entry of unauthorized people to Makkah, which began earlier on July 9. The ban will be in force till the end of Hajj. Officials informed that more than 72,000 people and 30,449 vehicles were turned back from various entry points to the Holy city as of Friday.


Inspections are being carried out by security authorities round the clock at checkpoints in Shumaisi new and old Kakiah, Sharayah to prevent unauthorized people from entering the holy city.


The entry of expatriates to Makkah have been restricted to those who have a valid Haj permit (Thasreeh), those with residence permits (iqamas) issued from Makkah and those having permits to work in Makkah and holy sites during Hajj season. This year, permits to work in Makkah have been issued through web portals.


Taneem check point near Aysha Mosque in Makkah turned back 5,933 unauthorized vehicles and 710 people while Buhaitia check post near Sayl in Taif turned back 626 vehicles and 1,202 people from entering Makkah.


Saudi Gazette – 23 July 2018