In a move that has been widely praised, the Saudi government has announced that the umrah visa fees for repeat pilgrims have been scrapped. On Monday, Saudi minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammad Salih Bentin, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing a royal decree[…]
The South African Haj Travel Operators Association (Sathoa) says hajj operators should ensure that all processes are in place before pilgrims leave for the airport. 22 hujjaj who were meant to depart for hajj on Saturday arrived at OR Tambo international airport in Johannesburg to discover that their visas were[…]
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced plans to start issuing electronic visas for pilgrims, allowing them to apply online and receive their visas within minutes. The general supervisor of the electronic platform for Hajj and Umrah, Abdulrahman Shams, revealed that the portal will give non-Saudis online access to[…]
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) is planning a massive awareness drive around visa requirements for teaching English in China as South African Sasha Redman goes into her second month in detention over an alleged immigration violation. “If you’re going to teach in China, you need a work[…]
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has received 89 applications for humanitarian visas from South Africa, involving 213 people, Australia’s The Age publication reported. This was revealed in the Australian Senate. In March, it was reported that Australia was considering fast-tracking visas for white South African farmers because of the “horrific[…]
All visas from the Saudi embassy will now be in an electronic format. This was the decision announced at a meeting between role players in the haj and umrah industry, airlines and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Royal Saudi Embassy in Pretoria today. In a statement, the[…]
Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on 5 June, cutting diplomatic[…]
The Ministry of Haj will put in place new measures for issuing Umrah visas for pilgrims from outside the country with the coordination of the Saudi embassies abroad, a local newspaper reported. The new measures will be implemented soon, given the expected growth in the applications for Umrah visas this season.[…]
A group of umrah pilgrims still waiting for visas will have their passports issued by today. This was the reassurance given by Al Mujahideen Haj and Umrah group, following a visa bungle last week. A group of nearly 90 mu’tamireen, who were expected to depart from Thursday last week, had[…]
Saudi Arabia has decided to triple the number of umrah visas issued every year, referring the sharp increase to the new expansions in the haram area. “We are going online as an ambitious plan to double the number of Umrah pilgrims during the next five years,” Hajj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar[…]
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