Visa fee not increased for Hajj and Umrah, confirms Indian Ambassador
The Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed confirmed that there was no increase in the visa fee for Hajj and Umrah. The clarification came in the wake of reports on various media platforms about a possible hike in visa fee affecting the pilgrimage.
The Ambassador also clarified that this year in September a royal decree by the Saudi government annulled “the penalty of SAR 2000 for pilgrims performing a second or consecutive Umrah in less than a year. Visa fee for Hajj and Umrah is only SAR 300, which is around $80.”
Work is in progress to improve the experience of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, as informed by Dr. Sayeed.
Recently, Dr. Sayeed met the Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Bin Taher Benten to discuss arrangements for Indian Hajis during Hajj 2020. He informed that the Kingdom has even opened up tourist visas for several nationalities, which will remain valid for a year and also enable them multiple entries on which Umrah can be performed without going through a travel agent.
The Ambassador also stated that they are working with the Kingdom to extend similar facilities to bonafide Indian tourists, particularly those with valid U.S., UK and Schengen visas.