lunedì 8 luglio 2019
Makkah Road Initiative per Hajj e Umrah
Riyadh, July 7, 2019 During a Press Confence held today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed its participating, along with other concerned government agencies in the implementation of the Makkah Road Initiative, which allows pilgrimsof Hajj and Umrah to benefit from immigration pre-clearance.
Makkah Route is one of the initiatives of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 that is being implemented as part of the Saudi Vision 2030 to improve services for pilgrims and to facilitate their performance of Hajj.
The initiative includes issuance of visas, completion of customs and passport procedures, ensuring compliance with health requirements, as well as sorting luggage according to transportation and housing arrangements in Saudi Arabia. Completing these procedures before departure hugely facilitates the pilgrims’ entry into the Kingdom, allowing them to head directly to their accommodations in Makkah and Madinah without dealing with time-consuming entry procedures. Luggage is handled by service agencies that transport baggage directly to the visitors’ places of residence.
The Makkah Road Initiative was implemented for the Hajj season of this year 1440 H last Thursday at the airports of Islamabad in Pakistan and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and began the first flight today in Indonesia and will be followed by Bangladesh - said the Ministry's spokeperson. He also stressed that the initiative aims to provide best services for pilgrims through the completion of their entry into the Kingdom from the airports of their countries.
Saudi Arabia aimed at increasing its capacity to welcome Umrah visitors from 8 million to 30 million by 2030.