Justin Bieber Meet & Greets Still On for VIPs Only ... Sorry Beliebers

3/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT

Great news for Justin Bieber fans ... he's still doing backstage meet and greets, but not with Beliebers who dropped up to $2k to get backstage -- instead, it's all about who you know. 

Justin's team tells us in order to get a golden ticket you've got to be tight with JB himself or someone in his inner circle ... who can vouch that you're no security risk. 

As we've reported, some Beliebers are pissed because Justin canceled all remaining meet and greet dates due to safety concerns and the stress of meeting fans' expectations. It didn't help matters when Wayne Gretzky's 13-year-old daughter popped up on social media ... posing with Bieber at a weekend gig.

Some fans smelled favoritism and reacted with comments such as, "It's funny that rich people still get meet and greets!" ... and "Good for Bieber to meet a Gretzky after saying he couldn't meet fans anymore."

Sorry, regular people. Life sucks.