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Many pilgrims still facing visa complexity

Published : 11 May 2024 10:56 PM | Updated : 11 May 2024 10:56 PM

Despite the extension of the deadline for visa application, 37 percent of pilgrims have yet to get their visas.

As per the latest report from the Hajj IT help desk, at least 53,899 Hajj pilgrims have got visas so far. This year a total of 85,257 pilgrims will perform Hajj under public and private management. The data shows that 37 percent of Hajj pilgrims are still waiting for their visas.

However, the hajj agencies association is optimistic that the visa backlog is likely to be cleared within next one or two days and all pilgrims can go on pilgrimage.

Earlier, the Religious Affairs Ministry had given instructions to complete the visa process by April 29. But the deadline for visa application was extended till May 7 and later it was extended until May 11.

The ministry had earlier informed the travel agencies that if any pilgrim fails to complete the visa process within the deadline, the agency concerned will have to bear the responsibility for their mismanagement.

According to hajj portal statistics, a total of 5,182 pilgrims--2,500 under government management and 2,682 under private management--have reached Saudi Arabia till Friday. 

According to the data available with the religious affairs ministry, 85,257 people have registered to perform Hajj this year. According 

to the flight schedule, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate 117 pre-hajj flights between May 9 and June 10 and carry a total of 45,525 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia while Saudi Arabian airlines Flynas will operate 43 pre-hajj flights between May 9 and June 12 to carry the rest of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

The national flag carrier is scheduled to start operating return hajj flights on June 20 from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh while Flynas will start post-hajj flights between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh on June 21.

The holy Hajj is expected to be held on June 16, subject to moon sighting.