SAUDI ARABIA IMPOSES NEW CHARGE OF SAR300 FOR HAJ VISA

MUAMMAR EUSOUFFI ZAINOL ABIDIN

SEPANG, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The Saudi Arabian government will charge haj pilgrims SAR300 (about RM326) each for visa issued beginning 1441H/2020M haj pilgrimage season, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Mujahid said the newly introduced charge by the Saudi Arabian government would be imposed on pilgrims from all countries including Malaysia.

“This (visa) is the new thing introduced by Saudi Arabia and (Malaysia) has no choice but to accept the decision made by the country.

"In addition, Saudi Arabia abolished the SAR2,000 (about RM2,171) imposed on repeat pilgrims namely those who are performing haj more than once," he told a special press conference shortly after arriving home after a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, here today.

Mujahid said he was informed on the matter during a meeting and discussions with Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Minister Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten on issues related to the management and preparation of pilgrims from Malaysia for the 1441H haj season.

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