Five countries benefit from the Makkah Route initiative: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
What is Makkah Route Initiative?
On Saturday, the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia launched the fourth Makkah route initiative to facilitate the pilgrimage of pilgrims as well as provide high-quality services. It also aims to ensure that all health requirements are met in the targeted countries before the Kingdom entry visa is issued.
As reported by Arab News, this initiative was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Civil Aviation, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, Guest of God Service Program, Saudi Passport, and the Saudi digital security firm Elm Co. T.
The initiative, which was first inaugurated in 2019 by King Salman, has been carried out three times before and is part of the Guest Service of God Service Program in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to be able to provide the best service for visitors to holy places and make it easier for them to perform the Hajj rituals.
The initiative, which offers pre-immigration permits for pilgrims at the point of departure, will start its service by electronically issuing visas and taking vital characteristics, then pass the complete passport procedure at the departure airport after verifying the availability of health requirements.
In addition to visas, this initiative can ensure compliance with health requirements and sort luggage at airports in the pilgrim’s country of origin this 2022 Hajj Season.
Pilgrims from the countries featured in this initiative can go through the entry procedure upon arrival in the Kingdom. They can move directly to buses that will take them to their residence.
The service authority will then carry out the procedure for checking and sorting the pilgrims’ belongings and then sending them to their residences in Makkah and Madinah. Or in short, pilgrims don’t have to carry their belongings since their baggage will be handled and delivered directly to their accommodation.
Hajj 2022 will officially start on the 8th of Dhulhijjah and end on the 13th of the same Islamic month or fall between the 7th and 12th of July. It is known that Saudi Arabia will welcome one million foreign and domestic pilgrims who will perform the Hajj this year.