The authorities in Makkah have banned the entry of expatriates, including those visiting the holy city via Haramain Train, from Shawwal 25 until Dhul Hajj 10.
The measures conform to the royal order banning expatriates from entering Makkah from Shawwal 25 every year except for those who are living in the holy city or are working there during the Haj season.
However, those who are exempted from the ban must obtain travel permits from the pertinent authorities. The ban takes place every year at the gateways to entry into Makkah and it applies to all modes of transport including cars, buses, and trucks. The Haramain Train has also been added to the list for the first time this year.