Brief Background of Pakistani Hajj Pilgrims Visiting Saudi Arabia from Pakistan
Most of us know and well aware of the fact that the Pakistani Hajj pilgrims visiting Makkah and Madina have to undergo a lot of hardships and various immigration processes in Pakistan and more than that further scrutiny when they land in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The difficult part during this is the waiting period those pilgrims experience in the shape of long queues especially inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hajj flights from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia will begin in the first week of July 2019.
Good News for the Pakistani Hajj Pilgrims
RECENTLY, A SAUDI DELEGATION FOR IMMIGRATION AND PASSPORT OFFICIALS LANDED PAKISTAN TO ASSESS AND EVALUATE THE IMMIGRATION FACILITIES AND HOW IT CAN BE MADE EASIER FOR THE PILGRIMS VISITING MAKKAH AND MADINA FROM PAKISTAN. THE CONCEPT IS TO ELIMINATE THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS WHEN THESE PILGRIMS LAND INSIDE THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA.
Saudi Delegations has Visited Pakistani Airports
Keeping in view the above motive, the abovementioned Saudi delegation has visited Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar to survey airports and assess and evaluate the immigration facilities and the arrangement for the Pakistani Hajj pilgrims traveling Makkah and Madina from these airports. Read more: Procedure to Apply for Umrah Visa from Pakistan
The whole concept of eliminating the immigration process in Saudi Arabia and facilitating the Pakistani Hajj pilgrims to directly visit the Holy places without the delay due to the long queues of immigration lines is named as “Road to Makkah Project.” Read: Pilgrims May Soon Travel to Madinah on Camel Backs
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Direction
During his visit to Pakistan in February 2019, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman formally granted permission to include Pakistan in the Project aimed at facilitating Hajj pilgrims from across the Muslim world. The Crown Prince also announced that all pilgrims traveling from Pakistan could now clear immigration at local airports in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Read: List of 24 Prohibited Items to Bring (Import) in Saudi Arabia
Facilities of E-Visa for Umrah and Hajj Pilgrims
During the current year, Saudi Arabia has also agreed in principle to provide e-Visas to Pakistanis performing Hajj. Recommended: Saudi Arabia Announces to Start Issuing E-Visas for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims
Source: Arab News