RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian authorities has determined to slash visa charges for Pakistani residents, ARY Information reported.
Sources mentioned minimize in visa charge was prone to come into impact from February 15.
They mentioned charge for go to visa can be lowered as much as 338 Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR) — single entry charge shall be 338 SAR and a number of visa charge shall be 675 SAR. At the moment, go to visa charge is about 2000 SAR.
However, the Saudi Arabian authorities has indicated to offer e-visa facility to Pakistan by which Pakistani Hajj pilgrims will be capable of get visa on-line, which has been confirmed by Minister for Spiritual Affairs and Interfaith Concord Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri.
Addressing a information convention in Islamabad on Wednesday, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri mentioned the Saudi Arabian authorities had agreed to incorporate Pakistan into their street to Makkah venture to finish immigration process at Karachi and Lahore airports. He mentioned the federal government was making an attempt to get this facility prolonged to Peshawar and Islamabad as effectively.
The minister mentioned that the Saudi Arabian Hajj authorities have been additionally understanding on Pakistan’s demand of offering e-visa facility to Pakistan’s pilgrims.
He mentioned this time direct flights can be operated from Quetta to Medina and Jeddah. He mentioned contemporary meal of Pakistani style can be served to pilgrims throughout their keep at Mashair.
Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri mentioned a short lived Haji Camp shall be established at Gilgit for the facilitation of intending pilgrims from Gilgit-Baltistan and cellular biometric verification shall be carried out in faraway areas of the nation.
The Minister mentioned social media shall be used to information and practice intending pilgrims.
Shedding gentle on causes behind elevate in Hajj bundle beneath authorities scheme, Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri mentioned improve in foreign money alternate fee, Saudi taxes, practice fare throughout Mashair and better air fare and buildings’ hire have prompted rise in price.
The minister mentioned price of presidency hajj scheme by way of greenback was nonetheless the bottom amongst regional nations by way of greenback.