Manama : Calling on all to abide by the directives issued by the Saudi authorities, Bahraini Consulate General yesterday reminded Bahraini Hajj pilgrims to obtain necessary permits for observing Hajj. “There is no Hajj without a permit,” said Ebrahim M. Al-Meslimani in a statement to Bahraini citizens, pilgrims and residents. Hajj permits, Al-Meslimani said, should be produced upon arrival at the ports of Saudi Arabia and at the request of security personnel there. Failing will evoke legal actions, the Consulate General said, while warning travellers, who are not pilgrims, to not enter or approach the borders of Makkah during the Hajj season.
Travellers without legal documents will face strict actions, including seizure of vehicles. Al-Meslimani said: “Saudi authorities will prevent persons not associated with Hajj campaigns and vehicles from outside the Kingdom unless shown special entry permit for vehicles.” He also affirmed that Saudi Arabia has provided a special project for guidance and sacrifice (Hadi and Adhahi). Administrative staff accompanying the campaigns are requested to attach visas and special permits in their passports. “Authorities will prevent anyone wearing the Ihram from entering Saudi territory unless he obtains an approved license issued by the Saudi electronic system throughout the Hajj season.”
He also warned pilgrims of the Kingdom to avoid crowded areas and take into account the non-use of private cars in the rituals. All types of vehicles not registered in Saudi Arabia, which has a capacity of 25 passengers will not be allowed. Small cars should be kept in the parking lot at the entrances to Makkah. Entry will be denied to holy sites for all kinds of vehicles for transporting employees, supervisors and workers unless permission is obtained. The Consul General also warned that this year’s temperature is expected to rise way above average in comparison to previous years. Newcomers are advised not to travel or do any work at peak times in Makkah or go out after Maghrib prayer to perform any ritual.
“We are working every year to benefit from the facilities offered by the Saudi authorities in the comprehensive improvement of the level of services offered to the pilgrims in Bahrain,” he said.