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.
The announcement by the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah of Saudi Arabia
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has issued an official circular stating that the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in the countries with biometric enrollment centers for Hajj and Umrah, like Pakistan, are compulsorily required to complete the mandatory biometric registration in their country of origin after obtaining a visa for performing religious duties. Read more: Procedure to Apply for Umrah Visa from Pakistan 2019-2020
This Initiative of Biometrics in the home country will save time for Umrah & Hajj pilgrims at Saudi Airport
The Registration of the biometric information before arriving at the entry ports of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is recommended as it will definitely save waiting time at the airports for the Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims and to facilitate a smooth entrance to Saudi Arabia. Read more: Umrah, Hajj, Transit and Saudi Visit visa Cost Fixed as SR.300 with 1 Year Validity
Hajj & Umrah Pilgrims will be deported back to their home country without Biometric Registration
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has also recently clarified that Hajj & Umrah pilgrims will face deportation to their home country in case if they fail to perform the biometric registration and the proper visa procedures are not being followed. Read more: No More Additional Payment of Second Time Umrah Visa Fee
Once this biometric registration is done, the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims can travel with a peace of mind entirely focusing on their holy journey ahead of them to Makkah and Madinah. Read more: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Grants Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to visit any city
After performing the biometric registration by the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in their respective home countries will only be required to clear customs and have their passports stamped at the immigration upon entering Saudi Arabia. Read more: Procedure for Applying and Issuance of New E-Umrah Visa
Saudi Authorities have already deported Pilgrims
Recently, the Kingdom reported that hundreds of visitors to the country were rejected entry and sent back from the airport due to not following the correct visa procedures. To avoid such unfortunate incidents, pilgrims must apply the right category of visa through the travel agents registered with the country’s Hajj and Umrah Committees. Read more: Procedure to check Umrah Visa status online
Tourist E-Visa holders are not allowed to perform Hajj & Umrah
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has now clarified that anyone who holds the Tourist E-Visa of Saudi Arabia is not entitled and is completely disallowed to perform the Hajj and Umrah. Read more: List of Violations by Hajj & Umrah Pilgrims for 2019
Such Tourist E-Visa is only being issued for the tourists to attend the concerts and sporting events taking place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Any such non-compliance or violation will face fines and deportation to the home country by the Saudi Authorities.
The Saudi expat website team has already written a detailed article on the procedure related to the biometric registration process in Pakistan. Read more: Procedure to Get Appointment of Etimad Centers in Pakistan
We have explained how you need to book the appointment of the ETIMAD Centers in the different cities of Pakistan and how you can visit their centers for the biometric registration in order to obtain the Saudi Family Visit Visa, Hajj and Umrah Visa. Kindly read this link in detail to know the step by step procedures related to the biometric registration in Pakistan.