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Saudi Arabia bans visit visa holders from entering Makkah amid Hajj season

05:07 PM | 23 May, 2024
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With the Hajj season on the horizon in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom has issued a significant announcement, declaring that individuals holding visit visas of any kind will not be permitted to enter Makkah, effective immediately.

The Ministry of Interior's advisory, applicable from Thursday, May 23 to Friday, June 21, underscores that only those possessing a valid Hajj permit will be allowed entry into the Holy city during this period. These dates correspond to 15 of Dhu al-Qadah, 1445 to 15 of Dhul Hijjah in the Hijri calendar.

This directive comes as part of stringent measures aimed at maintaining the sanctity and security of the Hajj pilgrimage. The Saudi Fatwa Council had previously issued a ban on performing Hajj without a permit, emphasizing the paramount importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of pilgrims.

Residents of Saudi Arabia have been subject to similar regulations since May 4, being required to present permits for entry into Makkah.

Visitors are strongly urged to refrain from visiting the city during this restricted period unless they possess a valid Hajj permit. Strict penalties will be imposed on violators of this directive.

To further enhance security measures, authorities have also mandated that pilgrims carry their identification cards throughout the Hajj period.

Preparations for the annual pilgrimage are already underway, with authorities implementing comprehensive security and organizational plans to facilitate a safe and seamless Hajj experience for all participants. Notably, on Wednesday, following evening prayers, the Kaaba's 'Kiswa' was ceremonially raised, symbolizing the commencement of the new Hajj season.

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 19, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates 

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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