Road to Makkah Project initiated at Islamabad airport, 22,000 pilgrims will be benefited
- Under the Road to Makkah project, all immigration requirements will be fulfilled at the airport before leaving for Hajj.
- The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Mission 2030.
- Facilities of custom clearance, e-visa, and transport of luggage will be provided at the airport of origin.
Under the landmark Road to Makkah project, all immigration requirements will be fulfilled at the airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia. This would be the first time that Hajj pilgrims will not have to wait for hours to get the clearance by immigration authorities.
Project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Mission 2030
This project is presumably a part of Saudi Arabia’s Mission 2030. This kind of service has already become operational in other Muslim countries like Malaysia and Turkey. Initially, about 22,000 pilgrims will benefit from the Road to Makkah project and with the passage of time, the service will be extended to pilgrims traveling from Lahore and Karachi airports as well.
Pilot project initiated at Islamabad airport
The service has been initiated from Islamabad airport. Senior reporter Adeel Warraich said that this program has been officially started today. The first Hajj flight has left for Saudi Arabia.
10 counters are in place from Saudi immigration authorities and customs officials.
The arrival of the Saudi immigration staff
Around 51 immigration officials arrived in Islamabad from Saudi Arabia till now and they’ll be staying here for two months. The report regarding this pilot project will also be presented to Saudi authorities after that it’ll be decided rather it will be continued or not.
What are the facilities under the project?
The pilgrims will get the facilities of custom clearance, e-visa, and transport of luggage will also be provided at the airport of origin. The intending pilgrims would no longer be waiting for hours at airports in Saudi Arabia.
The luggage of pilgrims will be tagged before departure and they’ll get their items of luggage in their camps in Saudi Arabia. All the verification procedures regarding pilgrims will be done by Saudi officials who have come to Pakistan.
If the plan becomes successful then it will be operational not only from Karachi and Lahore but from Quetta and Peshawar as well, says a senior government official in the Kamran Khan show.
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