The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat), KSA, has informed the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Pakistan that umrah pilgrims have deliberately overstayed their visas and are looking for jobs in KSA.
Umrah pilgrims caught defaulting on their visas are liable to a fine of SR50,000, and a prison term of six months, after which the overstayer will be deported. If the individual cannot pay the fine, an additional prison term will be imposed.
Tour operators are responsible for umrah pilgrims who go missing. Their licences will be cancelled, with penalties, should umrah pilgrims not return as scheduled.