Foreign Ministry issues nearly 5 million Umrah visas this year

August 16, 2011

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued 4,856,000 Umrah (minor pilgrimage) visas for the year 1432 H., said Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Khalid bin Saudi bin Khalid, an increase of 1 million over the previous year. The number of Umrah visas issued will continue to increase as new expansion projects ordered by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the Holy Sites in Makkah and Madinah are completed, he added. Prince Khalid stressed the Kingdom’s commitment to serving pilgrims from around the world and facilitating the completion of their religious rituals.