Riyadh — Saudi Arabia has made it easier for foreign pilgrims to choose Umrah packages through the electronic platform Maqam and complete the issuance of visa procedures within a short time.
Pilgrims can quickly apply and get an Umrah visa from anywhere.
The Umrah pilgrims can plan their itineraries electronically through approved Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and platforms. The validity of the visa is 90 days, and the pilgrims are free to travel all across the Kingdom.
A pilgrim from abroad can book Umrah services through the Maqam platform, obtain a visa, and book services electronically from all over the world within 24 hours of entering the main page.
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The Maqam platform is a Global Distribution System (GDS), linking services, rates, and bookings. The platform offers services across various industries, such as hotels, airlines, and car rentals.
Travel agents and OTAs rely on the Maqam portal to provide and promote their services to Umrah seekers worldwide.
The intending pilgrim should visit the Maqam portal and select their desired travel agency. They need to sign up on the travel agency website and enter details for travel dates, preferred airports.
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The number of nights in Makkah and Madinah. Pilgrims also select the first stop options- Makkah or Madinah.
For booking a hotel and flight, he can select one hotel of his choice in Makkah and Madinah. The transport package and the flight ticket.
The pilgrim needs a passport-size photo and a passport with six-month validity. The pilgrim has to add a payment method by choosing to pay for an Umrah visa, flight ticket, and hotel with a credit or debit card and submit an application.
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After finishing the application, the pilgrim can go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to complete the data and get the Umrah visa.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has provided easy electronic procedures to ensure high-quality services to facilitate the arrival of foreign pilgrims.
The Maqam platform services include knowing the local agents in the country of the pilgrims to issue the Umrah visa.
Which has a validity of 90 days since its issuance and allows pilgrims the freedom to move between Saudi cities to learn the cultural diversity of the Kingdom.
The portals agent icon allows pilgrims to choose the travel mode to and from Makkah, Jeddah, and Madinah.
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This includes airline tickets, internal transportation services, booking residential accommodation, and applying for a visa to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Pilgrims receive a reference number to complete the payment process online to get their visa through the unified national visa platform within 24 hours.