SINGLE: Nearly 37,000 pilgrims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia arrived in Saudi Arabia for 90 flights between July 4 and July 11 as part of the Makkah initiative, the Saudi Arabian Passport Directorate General said this week.
"33 King Abdul Aziz International Airport arrived 33 flights which transported 13,317 pilgrims, while 57 flights that transported 23,427 pilgrims arrived via Medina International Airport" Prince Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz ".
The pilgrims received a warm welcome from all organs that participated in the initiative from the moment they left their countries until they arrived at their residences in Mekka or Medina, the Saudi news agency reported.
It is expected that the "Macro Route" initiative will serve more than 225,000 pilgrims from the airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tunisia.
The service includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and coding and sorting luggage at airports in their own pilgrimage countries.
This allows them to bypass procedures upon arrival in the Kingdom and to directly switch to buses waiting to be transported to their accommodation in Mecca and Medina.
The services deliver the luggage of pilgrims to their accommodation in sacred cities.
The Initiative aims to provide the best possible service to pilgrims by completing their entry into the Kingdom from an airport in their countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives users an e-Hajj visa initiative after inserting data from pilgrims into electronic tracking of visa for hajj.