Saudi Arabia has announced the inauguration of an electronic facility for issuing visas to Umrah pilgrims within 24 hours.
Muslims from countries outside of Saudi Arabia who wish to perform umrah can now apply for the visa separately using a dedicated website.
The Umrah is a non-mandatory minor pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims can make at any time of the year.
The term of the umrah visa has also been extended from one month to three months, according to Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabia's minister of hajj and umrah.
"The visit visa for Umrah will be provided today within 24 hours," Tawfiq stated.
Pilgrims performing umrah in the kingdom, he noted, are free to travel across the country and visit other Saudi cities.
In 2022, one million individuals are scheduled to undertake the hajj, with 85 percent of them being foreign pilgrims, according to the minister.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.