Hajj and Umrah Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah addressed a press conference in Amman.
Amaan — Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced on Thursday the launching of electronic service to apply for Umrah visas for individual Umrah pilgrims not residing in Saudi Arabia.
The visit visa for Umrah will be issued now within 24 hours.
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He said that applications for Umrah visas could be submitted from outside Saudi Arabia, away from Umrah campaigns,” he said.
Al-Rabiah said the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to facilitate the reception of Umrah pilgrims in more significant numbers.
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The minister said one million people would perform Hajj this year. The pilgrims include 150,000 (15 percent) domestic pilgrims and 850,000 (85 percent) foreign pilgrims.
He said the ministry and other related agencies are working to ensure the health of Hajj pilgrims.
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“The Hajj smart card will be implemented this year,” he said while noting that digital technologies would help organize this year’s Hajj perfectly.