When the ban period started? In order to stop illegal Hajj performers, authorities have taken some serious steps this time. Entry to the boundaries of Makkah is banned from the 20th of July 2018 for all those people who don’t have Hajj permits. However, residents of Makkah will be allowed to travel into Makkah.
Does it Apply to Iqama and Visit Visa Holders? The decision has been taken at a time when Hajj flights from all around the world have started coming to Saudi Arabia. Ban applies to all the people including visit visa holders and Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia. Iqama holders of cities other than Makkah will not be allowed to enter Holy Makkah.
Authorities are saying that they are determined this time to take all the possible actions to stop illegal hajj performers. In order to do this, police will be appointed on all the incoming ways of Makkah to check that no one enters to Makkah without Hajj permit.
All the possible routes to enter Makkah from Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Taif and other cities will be strongly monitored. This decision has also been taken to give more freedom and space to the Hajj pilgrims in the Holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah in the less crowded environment.
What if you are caught performing Hajj with Hajj permit? It is important to mention here that authorities have been disseminating warnings that if somebody is caught performing Hajj without Hajj Tasreeh, officers will take his fingerprints and let him perform the Hajj.
However, he will not be allowed to renew his Iqama and forced to leave the country at that time. It is also said that authorities will impose a special ban of 10 years to those expatriates who are caught performing Hajj without Hajj permit.
Don't risk your career: In my personal point of view, one should not try to enter Makkah in this period. If you are a resident of Saudi Arabia, the whole year is open for you to perform Umrah. Haram is very crowded nowadays. Let the pilgrims from other countries perform their duties.
Why should we go and make it difficult for them to perform their duties? Moreover, it poses a high risk of being caught and deported. You are risking your whole career just because of this. It is better to stay away from it if you don’t have Hajj tasreeh.
It has also been noted that if somebody tries to enter to the entries of Makkah even through highway, his record is taken by the authorities with. In the case of the second attempt, his fingerprints will be taken which may lead to unwanted circumstances.
Source: Saudi Gazette