Punishment for Sheltering the Hajj and Umrah Visa over stayers

Saudi Authorities impose penalties on the people who help the Hajj or Umrah Pilgrims by providing them shelter to overstay in Saudi Arabia. Over stayers are penalized themselves as well as those people who help them to make overstay feasible. I have explained in this link the fines and penalties to be imposed on the over stayers of Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia “Penalties on Working and Overstaying on Umrah Visa”. The purpose of writing the current article is to share with our readers the penalties an Iqama holder or citizen may have to face if they help someone to overstay in Saudi Arabia after the expiry of Hajj or Umrah Visa. Penalties have been described below.[irp]

If the violator is an expatriate resident, he is fined SR 10,000, or one-month imprisonment, or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation.

If the violator is a citizen, he is fined in the first instance at SR 10,000 and minimum two weeks’ imprisonment. For the second instance, he is fined at SR 20,000 and 1-month imprisonment. Third instance fines are SR 100,000 and 2 years’ imprisonment.

Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

If the citizen was not able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 6 months.

Publish the violator's penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

In the case of renting a residence to the over stayer, the renter shall be considered a violator. He shall submit a pledge which shall be kept for future reference. If violation repeated, the housing unit shall be closed for six months, and for one year in the second violation and in the third instance the closure will be for two years.

In the first instance, Saudi violator's age and health condition shall be considered for imprisonment duration, evidenced by attested documents.