Operators must ensure visas are ready: Sathoa

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[…]

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‘Humanitarian’ visas to ‘civilised’ australia for white farmers: 89 applications received

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[…]

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Hajj and Umrah visas now electronic

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[…]

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Egypt eliminates visa-free entry for most Qataris

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[…]

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Delayed umrah visas expected today

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[…]

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Saudi Arabia to triple umrah visas

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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