source by: Arab News
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has begun issuing electronic visas to signal the beginning of the Umrah season.
This enables Umrah and worshippers to begin entering the Kingdom on July 19, the first day of Muharram.
The Nusuk portal would be used to submit requests for the granting of electronic visas, according to the ministry.
The goal, according to the Saudi Press Agency, is to increase the standard of services offered to worshippers and make it easier for them to enter the Kingdom.
The ministry will submit electronic visa applications through the Nusuk platform, which is renowned for simplifying the process of inviting Muslims to Makkah and Madinah. People from all over the world can simply apply for electronic visas through this portal and access a variety of services, such as lodging, transportation, and residency choices.
Additionally, the platform provides multilingual, always-available, and user-friendly content and interactive maps in a variety of languages.
The ministry is also extending its services to visa holders by letting them to perform Umrah rituals and use the Nusuk application, including those with family visas and transit visas.
The timeframe for obtaining an Umrah visa has been increased from 30 to 90 days, and it can now be done so within 24 hours. Women do not need to be accompanied by a male guardian, and there are no health conditions for receiving the visa.
These modifications have made it possible for visitors to wander across the Kingdom without restriction, enhancing their exposure to its religious and cultural practises.