Applications for Umrah visas can be submitted from outside Saudi Arabia, away from Umrah campaigns,” he said.
Al-Rabiah said the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to facilitate the reception of Umrah pilgrims in larger numbers.
The minister said one million people will perform Hajj this year. The pilgrims include 850,000 (85 percent) foreign pilgrims and 150,000 (15 percent) domestic pilgrims.
He said the ministry and other related agencies are working to ensure the health of Hajj pilgrims.
“The Hajj smart card will be implemented this year,” he said while noting that digital technologies would help organize this year's Hajj in the perfect manner.