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Muslim worshippers perform the Umrah pilgrimage walk between the Marwa and Safa hills at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca on March 23, 2023 on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has issued an advisory to all Umrah pilgrims, urging them not to carry large sums of cash or expensive items when travelling to the Kingdom for the lesser pilgrimage.

In a Twitter post, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recommended that pilgrims refrain from bringing gold bullion, precious stones, and other valuable metals, and to carry no more than $16,000 (SAR 60,000) in cash.

To ensure financial security, the ministry encouraged worshippers to download bank apps from official sources, avoid sharing bank account details or transferring money to unknown parties, and ignore text messages from unfamiliar sources. Pilgrims were also advised to report any fraud suspicions or incidents to the ministry or relevant authorities.

In March, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had recommended that Muslims perform Umrah only once during the month of Ramadan to minimise crowding and facilitate a smooth pilgrimage experience.

Muslims worldwide can apply for the pilgrimage through the Nusuk app, which also allows them to organise their entire trip, including eVisa applications, accommodation bookings, and flight arrangements.