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Citizens from these countries can perform Umrah without visa

06:36 PM | 19 Feb, 2024
Citizens from these countries can perform Umrah without visa

RIYADH - The authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced that citizens from few countries can perform Umrah without obtaining any prior visa. 

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that permanent residents of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States can perform Umrah without the need for a visa in advance.

This initiative aims to streamline the Umrah pilgrimage process, offering enhanced services and enriching the cultural and religious experience for pilgrims, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 objectives.

Under the new regulations, eligible Umrah performers can easily plan their pilgrimage using the Nusk app or opt for on-the-spot arrangements upon arrival.

In addition to facilitating Umrah, the Kingdom has expanded visa-on-arrival options for residents of these regions, extending the privilege to include first-degree relatives of the visa holder, whether for religious or tourism purposes.

Moreover, the option to undertake Umrah has been extended to transit visa holders traveling via Saudi airlines, further making it easier for Muslims to undertake the the spiritual journey.

Umrah, known as the "lesser pilgrimage" compared to the Hajj, is a voluntary Islamic ritual that holds profound spiritual significance. Unlike the Hajj, which follows specific dates in the Islamic lunar calendar, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, allowing Muslims to seek spiritual rewards and draw closer to Allah through this sacred journey.

The government of Saudi Arabia is currently making arrangements for the upcoming Hajj scheduled in June this year. As far as statistics for Umrah are concerned, over 13.5 million pilgrims from the Muslim world performed Umrah with a sizeable number showring praise on the Saudi authorities for having facilitated them during their journey.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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