Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia to grant 5000 Hajj visas

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj has granted 5000 visas for Myanmar citizens to go on the Hajj pilgrimage this year, the Saudi embassy in Yangon said last week.

The quota has been granted to 43 travel agents, instead of 24 from last year, in an effort to avoid the misdistribution and abuse of the Hajj quota that has occurred in previous years.

The embassy is requesting travel agents to present a list of all Hajj participants with a signed statement acknowledging that the participant has not paid any extra fee for their Hajj visa and that the amount paid is only for accommodation, air tickets and travelling expenses.

The embassy also said in the September 13 statement that any disputes between travel agents and Hajj participants would be handled by the relevant authorities in Myanmar.