Saudi Ministry of Interior revealed that a financial violation would be imposed on anyone who tries to reach the Grand Mosque and the surrounding area without a license.
An official source in the ministry stated that it would impose the fine amounts to SR$10,000 on anyone who violates the preventive measures taken to confront coronavirus.
He also added that the fine came to ensure the protocols adopted to limit the spread of the virus during the Hajj season.
Double penalty if the violation is repeated
It is noteworthy that areas that require a permit include the Grand Mosque, the central area surrounding it and the holy sites (Mina, Muzdalifah, and Arafat).
While this procedure will start from 5 July 2021 until the end of Hajj on 24 July, the penalty will be doubled in the event of a repeat violation.
A source confirmed that the security men would carry out their duties on all roads and corridors leading to the Grand Mosque and the holy sites to prevent and control violations and apply penalties.
Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced last month, limiting the availability of registration for those wishing to perform the Hajj rituals for 2021 to citizens and residents inside Saudi Arabia only, with a total of 60,000 pilgrims.
It also stressed the need for the health status of those wishing to perform the Hajj rituals to be free of chronic diseases and to be within the age groups from (18 to 65 years) for those vaccinated, under the controls and mechanisms followed in the Kingdom for immunization categories.