A passport of the pilgrim shows the new stamp. Image Credit: SPA

Dubai: The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Passports, has unveiled a new passport stamp as part of the “Mecca Route Initiative” to streamline the pilgrimage experience for international visitors.

The stamp, integrating the initiative’s visual identity, aims to simplify the entry process for Hajj pilgrims arriving from seven specific countries.

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The special stamp will be used in dedicated processing halls specifically set up at 11 airports across Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The system is designed to expedite travel procedures, allowing pilgrims to bypass lengthy processes upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.

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Now entering its sixth year, the Mecca Route Initiative has become a cornerstone of the broader plan to serve pilgrims, which falls under the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030. This initiative is a collaborative effort involving multiple government agencies, all dedicated to enhancing the Hajj experience.