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  • Ahmed Saleh

First Flight of Indonesian Pilgrims Departs to the Kingdom

Jakarta, May 12, 2024, The first flight of Indonesian pilgrims, benefiting from the Makkah Route Initiative has departed their country, heading to Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 The departure at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport was attended by the Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia, Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Amoudi, and Indonesia's Minister of Religious Affairs, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas.

 The Makkah Route Initiative is part of the Ministry of Interior's ‏Pilgrim Experience Program, which is one of Saudi Vision 2030 programs.

 It aims to provide high-quality transportation services for pilgrims from beneficiary countries to the Kingdom, including facilitating their reception and processing in their home countries seamlessly.

 This begins with issuing electronic Hajj visas and biometric data collection, followed by the General Directorate of Passports handling entry procedures into the Kingdom from the departure airport after verifying health requirements.

 The initiative also involves luggage coding and sorting according to transportation and accommodation arrangements in the Kingdom, directly transferring pilgrims to buses for transport to their accommodations in Makkah and Madinah via dedicated routes, with partner agencies handling their luggage delivery.

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