The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) offices at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah opened on Sunday, finalizing the procedures for Umrah pilgrims whose visas have expired and who have overstayed, and who have also applied through the online platform of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
A royal orders have been issued to exempt them from the legal consequences and the ensuing fines for delay in leaving the country. They have been exempted from being placed on the list of deportees (the deportee fingerprint).
The competent authorities are securing their return to their countries, under the supervision of the committee responsible for overstaying pilgrims and those who wish to travel.
The passport offices (Jawazat) worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, Ministry of Health, General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the competent operational authorities at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah in completing the procedures.
The Jawazat added the travelers were received, their departure procedures completed while ensuring implementation of the precautionary measures to prevent any transmission of the coronavirus disease.