Saudi Arabia Abolished Umrah Tax for Pakistanis

At PM Request Saudi Arabia Abolished Umrah Tax for Pakistanis

Islamabad.  At the request  of Pakistan Prime Minister  Imran Khan, the Saudi Government has abolished Umrah Tax   of 2,000 riyals which was imposed  on every Pakistani who  perform more than one Umrah in two years.

During his  visit prime Minister Imran Khan had requested  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to abolish the fee .

Ministry of Religious Affairs

It was  shared on Tuesday by Religious Ministry  with the Senate Committee  about Pakistanis while performing Hajj and Umrah. While presiding the  meeting, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri complained the issues being faced by Pakistanis.

However, Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Muhammad Mushtaq said to media  that Saudi Government  has imposed tax  on everyone who perform Hajj or Umrah in every two years and it is not discriminated towards Pakistan only.  He also added that this fee  was abolished on the request of Egypt and Turkey government.

It was requested by PM Imran Khan while took up  the visit of Saudi Arabia and now it’s a matter a  time when they notify the policy towards Pakistanis.

Hajj Policy 2019

It was also informed by Senate body  that Ministry of Religious Affairs has exploring the option  of having open sky policy to airlift passengers  from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia  through open airline tendering in Hajj Policy 2019.

The secretary said currently the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has allowed only four airlines including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Shaheen Airlines, Air Blue and Saudi Arabian Airlines to airlift the pilgrims going to perform Hajj.

The situation could improve through open airline tendering.

He said that due to restriction of CAA, the Ministry can’t go for open airline tendering right now.


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