Saudi Arabia lowers visit visa fees for Pakistanis
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad has announced that a substantial reduction in visa expenses for Pakistanis has been authorized by using the dominion.
Consistent with a press release issued with the aid of the embassy, the charge for unmarried-access visit visa has been diminished from SAR2,000 to SAR338, which, in dollar terms, equals a reduction from $533 to $ninety.
In the meantime, the rate for a couple of-entry go to visa has been slashed from SAR3,000 to SAR675, which in dollar phrases, amounts to a reduction from $800 to $a hundred and eighty.
The embassy further adds that the brand new charge structure has come into impact from Feb 15.
In Oct 2016, Saudi Arabia had enforced a seven-fold hike in visa expenses to do business inside the kingdom. The better visa costs became one in every of many movements followed through the dominion to cover a loss in oil sales.
ISLAMABAD: The government is negotiating with Saudi authorities to offer immigration clearance to pilgrims at Jinnah international Airport, Karachi, and introduce an e-visa facility for Haj 2019 to meet global fashionable.
Amid grievance for taking flight the subsidy on Haj, the government has brought the Haj scheme 2019, under which a further quota of 5,000 pilgrims has been allotted to Pakistan by means of the Saudi government.
On the equal time the new government has determined not to provide unfastened Haj facility to all of us.
To facilitate the pilgrims, a pilot mission titled “road to Makkah” has been delivered, in search of help from the Saudi government to set up their immigration counter at Jinnah global Airport, which could lessen hassle faced by means of the pilgrims after landing in Saudi Arabia.
Except, the authorities is also negotiating with the Saudi authorities for introduction of an e-visa facility to the pilgrims for Haj-2019.
For the first time, 10,000 seats on Haj flights have been reserved for senior citizens above the age of eighty. A male pilgrim over 80 years of age can be followed via an attendant and a woman pilgrim of the equal age can be accompanied by using a lady attendant and a joint Mahram.
In case such candidates are greater than 10,000, selection can be made on the idea of age-wise seniority.
The Haj quota allotted to Pakistan by the Saudi authorities is 179,210 pilgrims with an addition of five,000 pilgrims this year, in order to be allotted to newly-enrolled non-quota holder private Haj group organisers.
Out of the entire quota of 179,210 pilgrims, 60 according to cent or 107,526 seats could be allotted to the government scheme and 40pc or 71,684 seats to the private Haj scheme.
The expenses for Haj-2019 underneath the authorities scheme may be Rs436,975 for northern region that consists of Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan and Rahim Yar Khan. The prices for southern location, consisting of Karachi, Quetta and Sukkur, are Rs426,975. Additional Qurbani costs are Rs19,451, that’s non-compulsory.
The Haj fees for infants born after Sept 15, 2017 below the authorities scheme might be Rs12,910 and Rs11,910 for north and south regions, respectively.
The insurance top class is Rs500 in keeping with pilgrim and the compensation for demise throughout Haj is Rs500,000, repayment for unintended disablement resulting in lack of one limb Rs150,000, for injuries resulting in permanent disablement of multiple limb Rs250,000 and reimbursement for repatriation /emergency evacuation because of contamination is Rs300,000.
Subsidies formerly to be had to pilgrims below the government scheme have been abolished. By the way even the Council of Islamic Ideology had cautioned to the government to provide subsidy to Haj pilgrims.
Fourteen specific banks will acquire Haj programs underneath the authorities scheme from February 25 to March 6 and voting of pilgrims might be hung on March eight.