Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports has said nearly 37,000 Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia arrived in the country through 90 flights as part of the Makkah Route initiative .
The Makkah Route initiative is expected to serve more than 225,000 pilgrims coming from all parts of the world.
The service includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in the pilgrims’ own countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants beneficiaries of the initiative e-Hajj visas after inserting pilgrims’ data in the electronic tracking of Hajj visas.
This enables the pilgrims to bypass procedures on arrival in Saudi Arabia and to head directly to buses waiting to transport them to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.