Some of our relatives always come on Umrah or Hajj visa to Saudi Arabia and the question arises, if we can bring them to our house in Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh or any other city. Umrah and Hajj visas are issued to pilgrims to travel to Holy Places of Makkah and Madina.
Before answering the particular question, it is important to know if they can come to any other airport but Jeddah and Madina? We have written a detailed article on this subject. Recommended: Can I take a flight of other Airports but Jeddah & Madina for Hajj?
Old Rule: According to an old rule, they could travel to Makkah, Madina, and places within the route of Makkah and Madina. Since Jeddah is within the route of Makkah and Madina so Hajj and Umrah visitors can travel to Jeddah. Ref: Royal Decree No. (M/42) dated 18/10/1404
New Rule: However, recently the Saudi Government has allowed Umrah Pilgrims to travel to any city in Saudi Arabia subject to some conditions which have been explained below;
- They are required to spend at least 15 days in the Holy cities of Makkah and Madina.
- The above relaxation is not available to people who come to Saudi Arabia on 15 days visa.
Religious Tourism: There are so many religious places in Saudi Arabia which everyone would like to visit. For example, people like to go to Taif to see the place where Hazrat Muhammad S.A.W. was tortured.
Moreover, wells of Hazrat Musa A.S. are also in Saudi Arabia where he spent around 10 years of his life. By allowing Umrah pilgrims to visit any city around the country, people would be able to travel each and every city in Saudi Arabia wherever they want.
The penalty for transporting Hajj and Umrah pilgrims: If an expatriate resident is caught while transporting the Hajj and Umrah visitors, you will be fined SR 5,000/- for every violation.
We have been reported that on the checkpoints of Makkah and Madina, Saudi Traffic Police sometimes checks the ID cards of the people sitting in your car. If you are not able to prove that the people sitting your car are your friends or relatives, the fine is imposed.
Hence, it is better to know the names of each and every person traveling with you in case you are carrying your friends and their family members. The best way is to avoid such practice at all.