Pre-immigration clearance for Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan, Bangladesh
Saudi Arabia says Hajj pilgrims from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Tunisia will also benefit from the Makkah-led programme
More than 225,000 Hajj pilgrims from Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Tunisia will receive immigration pre-clearance at their embarkation airports in 2019 as part of an initiative rolled out by Saudi Arabia’s Guests of Allah service programme, which the steering committee of Makkah Road Initiative is overseeing.
Director general of passports, Gen Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya, chaired a workshop that reviewed the initiative’s operational model.
The group also reviewed the readiness of complementary procedures at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, and Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
Additional services to be delivered as part of the initiative cover customs and passport procedures, health requirements, and luggage sorting according to transportation and housing arrangements in Saudi Arabia, state news agency, SPA, reported.