Hajj pilgrims perform the Farewell Tawaf
Saudi security officials announced plans to release guidelines on Saturday for residents seeking entry permits to Mecca before Hajj season Image Credit: SPA/Twitter

Riyadh: The General Directorate of Public Security of Saudi Arabia has announced the implementation of regulations for Hajj. Effective from Saturday, May 4, 2024, residents wishing to enter Mecca will be required to obtain a permit from the relevant authorities, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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The SPA added that any residents wishing to enter Mecca will now be required to have a permit.

The new regulations aim to streamline the Hajj process and ensure the safety and security of pilgrims.


Residents without the proper permits, which include a permit to work in the holy sites issued by the competent authority, a resident in Makkah ID, a valid Umrah permit, or a valid Hajj permit, will be denied entry at security control centres leading to Makkah.

Those without permits will be turned away at checkpoints; this measure reinforces the regulations established for the 1445 AH Hajj season.

Earlier last week, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the launch of the Nusuk pilgrim card, a new initiative designed to streamline and secure the Hajj pilgrimage process for 2024.

The card, which will be available in both digital and physical formats, is designed to simplify the operational procedures of the Hajj, reduce illegal pilgrimage practices, and ensure the security of the holy sites by verifying the identities of pilgrims and preventing unauthorized access.

Pilgrims will receive a physical copy of the Nusuk card through their respective Hajj missions or from the service providers with whom they have contracts. Additionally, a digital version can be accessed via the Nusuk and Tawakkalna applications.

Pilgrims must scan the QR code on their physical card and follow the prompts to activate their digital card, which will provide a wide range of essential services. These services include personal data, health records, and an address, all linked to their smartphone application.

The card also facilitates the verification of a pilgrim's identity by relevant authorities, ensuring that each pilgrim receives the best possible service. Furthermore, the card will contain details about the pilgrim’s assigned Hajj mission, group schedules, residential addresses, and ways to file feedback or complaints.