2001 News Story

Umrah pilgrims should leave promptly

The Directorate of Passports has issued an appeal to all foreigners who came to the Kingdom to perform umrah (the minor pilgrimage) to leave the country before the expiration of their travel documents. Any visitor who remains after the expiration of his visa, the statement said, will be considered in violation of the country's residence regulations and will consequently be subjected to penalties (fines ranging from SR 10,000 to SR 100,000 and/or six months in jail), adding that citizens or residents who assist such over-stayers also face penalties.