Hajj 2024: Here's how to do biometric verification for performing Hajj

10:30 PM | 9 Feb, 2024
Hajj 2024: Here's how to do biometric verification for performing Hajj

ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has announced the procedure for biometric verification of pilgrims who will be performing the Hajj this year.

The ministry has announced that the pilgrims can perform the verification through a mobile application from the comfort of their homes.

For the biometric verification - which is essential for performing Hajj - the pilgrims should install the Saudi Visa Bio App on their smartphone which is available both for Android users and iPhone users on their respective app stores.

After entering the credentials like e-mail address, the pilgrims would be taken to the next step which includes verification of e-mail address and scanning the passport.

The pilgrims would also be asked to capture their profile picture after which their biometric verification would be done and in case of any issues, pilgrims can contact the following numbers:

(+92) 51 9205696, 9216980, 9216981, 9216982.

The complete step-by-step guide in this regard can be seen here.

It is to be clarified that the ministry has exempted the elderly who are above 80 years of age as well as the children less than 6 years of age from the biometric verification. 

The ministry has also directed that the pilgrims should deposit the attested email along with the passport to the relevant bank by February 26th. For overseas Pakistanis, the relevant officer should be forwarded the documents through e-mail.

It bears mentioning that the government has already conducted balloting for the upcoming Hajj and had also allowed those who had performed Hajj in the last 5 years to perform the Hajj scheduled in June this year.

The authorities have introduced the Short Hajj package for the pilgrims while the Sponsorship Scheme is also valid for this year as well.

As far as the Long Hajj is concerned, it would encompass 38-42 days with 8 days stay in Medinah and those flying from the South region i.e. Karachi, and Sukkhur would have to pay Rs 10,65,000 while those from other cities i.e. Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabad would pay Rs 10,75,000.

For Sponsorship scheme applicants, the cost is $3765 for the South Region while it is $ 3800 for the North Region for those opting for the Long Hajj package.

For the Short Hajj package, the cost for regular Hajj applicants is Rs 11,40,000 for the South region while the cost is Rs 11,50,000 for the North region; the Hajj would continue for 20-25 days under this scheme.

For the Sponsorship Scheme, the cost for Short Hajj is $ 4015 USD for the South region and $ 4050 for North region.

The government had also sought the support of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to launch awareness campaigns to attract more and more applicants though the inflation in the country is visibly discouraging Muslims from applying for the spiritual journey.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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