Riyadh — The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah plans to launch new mechanisms for pilgrimage travel operators to buy Umrah packages and issue entry visas for those outside the Kingdom. The mechanism would allow all aspiring foreign pilgrims to get a single visit Umrah visa issued online in their country of residence.
The ministry has detailed two plans to effect these new mechanisms; each will be suitable for different circumstances as may be faced by a pilgrimage aspirant.
The ministry explained that under the first mechanism, an operator or employer could issue visas for 25 or more pilgrims, and this will be after concluding a contract between the Umrah service providers in the Kingdom and their licensed travel agents in the respective countries.
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The second mechanism operates on the dealing between the operator and the client. Under this mechanism, a single pilgrim or a small group of pilgrims with a maximum number of nine can have direct entry into the Kingdom for the performance of Umrah through opting for the required Umrah program via the approved online portals according to a report carried by Al-Arabiya channel.