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Before visa , biometric verification will be of Umrah pilgrims

Firdos Malik Oct 31, 2017
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Pakistani Umrah travelers need to get biometric confirmation before applying for visa. Biometric check will cost Pakistani travelers an extra Rs. 1,040 million every year. The Travel Agents Association has called to stop this procedure.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) new visa law has been actualized from today. Under the new law, each traveler should get biometric enrollment before applying for a visa. To execute this law in Pakistan, Saudi experts have joined forces with Etimad.

Biometric enlistment is an extremely confused framework, particularly for the uneducated Umrah travelers from country regions. For biometric enrollment, explorers need to take an arrangement for this administration. At that point they need to get to Etimad’s office on schedule for biometric enrollment.

It is likewise an expensive procedure; every traveler needs to pay Rs. 650 for enrollment. As indicated by official information, around 1,600,000 Pakistani go to KSA for Umrah or Hajj. These individuals should bear an additional cost of Rs.1,040 million on account of the new law.

Executive Travel Agents Association Pakistan (TAAP) Muhammad Yahya Polani disclosed to ProPakistani that this procedure not just purposes push, it additionally includes additional cost for Pilgrims.

“KSA should audit this strategy. Pakistani pioneers are for the most part living in remote zones of the nation and this will cause them extra bother. Travelers need to sit tight for quite a long time for this procedure.” Polani said.

An Etimad official disclosed to ProPakistani that they have built up a best in class biometric framework. Etimad is chipping away at sake of various governments that require the administration.

“The biometric ID of candidates includes giving extraordinary identifiers to candidates and might be set up through unique mark checking, face, iris or retina filtering utilizing sensors that get the data.” the authority included.

Etimad Pakistan forms visa applications for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the nation. Each individual requiring a visa for Hajj, Umrah, business, work or some other reason should come to visit Etimad Visa Service Centers (VSC).

At present Etimad has 6 VSCs in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. These bases all in all procedure on 1.2 Million visa applications for KSA every year.