More than 1.6 million Hajj visas issued

November 23, 2009

Saudi embassies, consulates and temporary Hajj consulate missions have issued more than 1.6 million Hajj visas this year, Saudi Gazette reported today.

Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Consular Affairs Ambassador Mohammad Alsalloom told the daily the Kingdom this year has issued more Hajj visas in less time because of a new system linking all authorities concerned with the Hajj. He added that the visas were approved in line with rules issued by the Minister of Interior, Ministry of Hajj, Ministry of Health, and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Ambassador Alsalloom said Saudi Arabia has deployed temporary Hajj missions to issue visas in countries where the Kingdom does not have embassies, including Benin, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Togo, and Trinidad and Tobago.