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Saudi announces new system for pilgrims who will perform Omrah – ‘Airlines need to be accredited’

Worshippers pray outside Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Mosque, the second holiest site in Islam, in the Saudi holy city of Madinah on March 7. (AP)
Worshippers pray outside Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Mosque, the second holiest site in Islam, in the Saudi holy city of Madinah on March 7. (AP)

KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj has announced a new system to ease entry and exit procedures for pilgrims who will perform Omrah.

According to the ministry, the system will be implemented soon while there are a number of stipulations in this regard including the need for airlines to be accredited by an offi cial authority, settling the bank guarantee for the relevant Saudi company and coordinating with Saudi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Hajj confirmed it will not allow any company that committed a violation or failed to comply with the regulations to issue electronic vouchers, especially those who violated regulations for providing services to visitors in Saudi Arabia, emphasizing that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the authority in charge of determining the period for Omrah or the visit.

The ministry added the companies are responsible for the visitors particularly those who abandon their caravans and do not come back or even those wanted by law for involvement in criminal cases or other cases, indicating that the penalty imposed on the company may include closure.

Chairman of Al-Aqidah and Al-Da’awah Department at the College of Sharia in Kuwait University Dr Bassam Al-Shatti disclosed that budget of the department is insuffi cient to cater for needs and activities, but the department can be resilient to make do with the available resources, reports Al-Qabas daily.

By Shawki Mahmoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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