The Ministry of Haj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia has announced that Tuesday, July 2, will be the last day of entry into the Kingdom for pilgrims who have already been issued with Umrah visas.
In a circular, the ministry informed the Umrah service providers that the electronic issuance of Umrah visas was stopped on Monday, June 17, ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage. It however said pilgrims who were issued visas before June 17 would be allowed to enter into the Kingdom until July 2.
The ministry asked the service providers to make sure that all Umrah pilgrims left Saudi Arabia for their respective homes. It warned that severe punishments would be applied on Umrah visa overstayers.
More than 7 million foreign pilgrims performed Umrah since the season started in late October. The largest number of the Umrah pilgrims came from Pakistan followed by Indonesia and India.