The entry ban came into force on Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Sami Al-Shuwairekh, the spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Public Security, said that this was in line with the implementation of the instructions with regard to regulating the Hajj pilgrimage for this year.
“As per these instructions, only expatriates who obtain a permit for entry to Mecca will be allowed into the holy city from Thursday, Shawwal 25 corresponding to May 26. They can obtain permits from the security control centers at the entry points to Mecca,” he said.
All vehicles and residents who do not have the required documents will be turned back, he said while noting that these documents include an entry permit to work at the holy sites issued by the competent authority, residency permit (iqama) issued from Mecca, Umrah permit, and Hajj permit.