Penalties for Working and Overstaying on Umrah Visa

Most of us know and others should know that people coming on Hajj or Umrah are not allowed to work either voluntarily or for remuneration in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Government treats such persons very seriously. Around 10 years ago, people used to come on visit visa and work here without any problem but this is not a case nowadays. Saudi Government has authorized some agencies in every country and they hold this agency accountable if an Umrah visitor does not go back from Saudi Arabia within time. Umrah and Hajj visitors who are caught by the authorities working somewhere or overstayed pilgrims will be penalized in the following way;

Penalty on Umrah Pilgrims

If an expatriate who entered to Saudi Arabia on Umrah Visa and started working for someone or he overstayed after expiry of Umrah Visa, he will be immediately detained and penalized in the following way;

He will be fined with SR 10,000/- or one-month imprisonment or both

His documents shall be copied and sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to notify the Saudi Embassy in his country to suspend granting him a visa for Umrah or visit before a year minimally of his deportation.

He shall be deported at his own expense. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries

Penalty on Employer: The employer shall be fined according to the statutory measures if the employer is an expatriate resident; he will be reported to the authorities after implementing the statuary penalties towards him, to consider his deportation.