Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia who exceeded their visa period can now apply for an ‘exemption’, the General Directorate of Passports has announced on Tuesday, March 24.
The directive announced in coordination with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and other authorities, relieves those late in exiting the country from legal and financial penalties associated with overstay.
All exemption requests must be submitted before the end of March 28 through the ministry’s website.
For pilgrims who exceeded the time period of Umrah visa, you can now submit for an exemption request of legal effects and penalties within a maximum period of 28/3/2020 and your transportation will be provided to you.
— ا لـ ـجـ ـو ا ز ا ت السعودية (@AljawazatKSA) March 23, 2020
Relevant authorities will arrange transportation for concerned pilgrims to be returned to their respective countries, according to a directorate’s tweet.
Each pilgrim will be notified of his/her flight details via text messages sent on their registered phone numbers.