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You won’t have to pay Umrah fees twice anymore

September 10, 2019
 

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The Saudi government has issued a royal decree restructuring visit, Haj and transit visas and cancelling repeat Umrah fees.

So if anyone plans to perform Umrah more than once in a year, they will not have to pay visa fees again.

Right now, people have to pay 2,000 riyals if they want to visit Saudi Arabia for an Umrah for a second time.

Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had requested Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to waive the 2,000 riyals tax imposed by the Saudi government on Pakistanis performing more than one Umrah within two years.

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“The royal decree is part of the leadership’s keenness to facilitate the arrival of Muslims from all over the world to perform Hajj and Umrah,” Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah Dr Mohammad Salih Bentin was quoted as saying by the Arab News.

Bentin added the decree reflects the Kingdom’s readiness to receive the increasing number of pilgrims due to huge infrastructure projects and the development of services in Makkah, Madinah and the holy places.

He said the decree supports efforts to achieve one of the most important objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plan, which is to receive 30 million Umrah pilgrims by that year, and to provide them with great services so they can perform their rituals in comfort and tranquility.

With reporting by our correspondent Noor Hasan. Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 
 
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3 Comments

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    Anonymous   September 10, 2019 4:54 pm/ Reply

    This is not only for Pakistan this dessicion is for whole world

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    Mohammed   September 11, 2019 11:23 pm/ Reply

    Now there is a basic fee of saudi ryal 300 for every person who wants to perform Hajj or Umrah whether it is the first time or not.
    Besides there are, I heard, some hidden fees and medical insurance….. so the amount can amount to SAR 500.
    Which means that the Saudi GovernmentI wants to make more money and suck the blood of the Muslims.
    To Allah, the Almighty, we leave them all !

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    Anonymous   September 13, 2019 3:35 pm/ Reply

    I have just phoned up my travel agent and he says that they will be charging 750 riyals per per for VISA. They say 300 riyals plus 150 riyals for transportation and again 300 riyals as tax

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