Saudi Arabia issues more than 4.33 million Umrah visas

Saudi Arabia
03 Mar, 2019 11:45 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The number of Umrah visas issued this year by Saudi Arabia has reached more than 4.33 million.

According to data issued by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan 949,895 followed by Indonesia and India.

Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.

Vision 2030 aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with top-class services.

Submission of Hajj applications started under govt scheme

Earlier, Process for submitting Hajj applications under Government Hajj Scheme at fourteen designated banks has been started on Monday, which will continue till 6th of next month.

According to the details, designated branches of banks started receiving Hajj applications under Government scheme from today. The intending pilgrims can submit their applications till 6th of next month.

According to the policy released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, nearly, 184,210 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj this year. The applications

The selection of hujjaj under Government Scheme will be made through computerized balloting on 8th of the next month.

Earlier on February 21, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has increased Pakistan’s Hajj quota to 200,000 and also agreed to Pakistan’s suggestion to provide E-Visa service to its pilgrims.

Speaking to Pakistan Television, the minister said the decision was taken by the Kingdom during his telephonic conversation with Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

“The government and people of Pakistan are thankful to the Saudi government for this commendable step,” he continued.

184,210 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj in 2019

The applications under Government Hajj Scheme will be received in the fourteen designated banks from 25th of this month to 6th of the next month.

The scheme 2019 shall be implemented through Government and private group organizers with the ratio of 60:40.

Dues under Government Scheme will be 436,975 rupees for Northern region, which include Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Faisalabad Multan and Rahim Yar Khan, while 426,975 rupees will be received for Southern region, which include Karachi, Quetta and Sukkur.


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