Saudi missions issued more than 10 million visas last year

January 12, 2013

Assistant Foreign Minister Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid has announced that the Kingdom’s foreign missions issued 10,773,374 visas during 2012 (1433 H.), an historically high number. In a statement, Prince Khalid reported that 5,499,603 Umrah (minor pilgrimage) visas were issued, representing 51 percent of the total. Meanwhile, the missions also approved 1,960,703 work visas (18 percent); 1,669,210 Hajj visas (16 percent); and 1,057,792 visitor visas (10 percent). A total of 110 Saudi missions and 13 temporary Hajj missions handed out the visas.