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Saudi Arabia permits Umrah pilgrims to use any airport

Earlier, religious tourists were only permitted to land, depart through Jeddah and Madina airports

By Tariq Abul Hasan
February 15, 2023
Pilgrims walk on a street in Makkah. — AFP/file
Pilgrims walk on a street in Makkah. — AFP/file

The Saudi Arabia government has allowed Umrah pilgrims to arrive and depart from the country on scheduled flights through any international airport in the kingdom.

The step aims to facilitate Umrah pilgrims from across the world, including Pakistan.

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in a circular, directed all the national and foreign airlines operating in the country, including private aviation, to facilitate Umrah pilgrims arriving and departing from the kingdom.

The circular read that failure to comply with directions issued by the GACA would be an explicit violation of the government’s order.

The GACA also warned that it would initiate legal procedures against violators who will be held responsible.

Prior to this decision, Umrah pilgrims were allowed to land and depart through Jeddah and Madina airports only.