Saudi govt announces penalties for overstaying Umrah pilgrims

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Saudi govt announces penalties for overstaying Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has warned that Umrah pilgrims overstaying in Saudi Arabia will face a fine of 50,000 Saudi Riyal and six-month imprisonment after expiration of their Umrah visas.

Quoting Saudi authorities, the ministry said that additional imprisonment will have to be imposed if a pilgrim fails to deposit the fine.

Along with other strict penalties, officials said, licence of the tour operators could also be canceled, if the Umrah pilgrims do not return within their schedule. APP/AFP