Saudi Arabia tightens entry measures to holy sites

MENA

Published: 2024-06-12 13:35

Last Updated: 2024-07-04 18:32


Mecca.
Mecca.

The Saudi authorities tightened entry measures to ensure only registered pilgrims with a "Nusuk" card, which serves as an official permit and identification for legitimate pilgrims, can access the holy sites.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah emphasized that all pilgrims must carry their Nusuk card throughout the pilgrimage. This card is the only officially recognized proof of a legitimate pilgrim and a required document for accessing the holy sites. It also serves as an identification document and facilitates access to services.

Hajj security forces and supporting agencies established extensive security perimeters to ensure the safety of pilgrims and apprehend those violating Hajj regulations. Recently, the security authorities detained over 300,000 individuals without permits, including 153,998 foreigners on tourist visas.

The Saudi Council of Senior Scholars stated that performing Hajj without a permit is not permissible. They explained that those unable to obtain a permit are considered not capable of performing Hajj and emphasized that obtaining a permit aligns with the intended religious benefit.

Pilgrims will begin their rites next Friday by heading to Mina for the Day of Tarwiyah, in preparation for their ascent to the plains of Arafat on Saturday.