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The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced a series of temporary regulations to ensure a smooth and safe Hajj pilgrimage for the 2024 season, Wego reports. These measures, effective from 23 May to 21 June 2024, aim to manage crowd control and enhance safety protocols during the sacred event.


A key directive involves the temporary suspension of all Umrah permits issued through the Nusuk application. This suspension, in effect from 23 May or the 15th of Dhu al-Qa’dah, 1445 H, underscores the authorities’ commitment to streamlining logistics and managing pilgrim flow into the holy city of Makkah.

Furthermore, the Ministry has imposed restrictions on entry into Makkah for holders of various visit visas. Starting on the 23rd of May or the 15th of Dhu al-Qa’dah, 1445 H, individuals with visit visas will be barred from entering or staying within the city limits of Makkah until the 15th of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1445 H. This measure seeks to minimize non-pilgrim traffic in Makkah during the Hajjj period, optimize resources and ensure the well-being of participating pilgrims.

These adjustments reflect the proactive approach of the Saudi government in managing Hajj operations. The temporary suspension of Umrah permits and restrictions on non-pilgrim visitors aim to create a secure and seamless pilgrimage experience for all participants in the 2024 Hajj season.

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