Nearly 3 million Umrah visas issued in 5 months


Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has issued a total of more than 2.29 million Umrah visas in five months since the season started, according to a statistical report.

The number of Umrah visas issued since the beginning of the Umrah season on Muharram 1 until Jumada Al-Awwal 22 (Jan. 17) reached 2,913,170.

A total of 2,595,830 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom and these included 2,437,148 who arrived by air while 147,965 through land ports, and 10,717 through the seaports.

A total of 2,210,041 pilgrims have left the Kingdom after competing their Umrah rituals and praying at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, according to the weekly statistical report issued by the ministry.

Pakistan tops among the number of pilgrims with 601,880, and Indonesia and India came second and third with 537,894 and 307,066 pilgrims respectively.

Egypt comes fourth with 156,492 pilgrims and it was followed by Malaysia 130,949, Turkey 110, 389, Bangladesh 97,767, Algeria 94,417, UAE 57,730 and Jordan 52,175.