Hajj 2019: 300 Pilgrims Arrive Saudi Arabia With Forged Visas

Hajj 2019: 300 Pilgrims Arrive Saudi Arabia With Forged Visas

By News Agency of Nigeria on August 8, 2019
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Abubukar S-Pawa, Kaura-Namoda, Ayuba Azare, Fadimatu Sani Makaranta
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia | AP

Saudi authorities have discovered some 300 forged visas during the first phase of the 2019 Hajj operations.

Suleiman Abdullazeez Alyahya, the director general, Directorate of Passport, disclosed this at the press conference in Jeddah on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

He said that a total of 1,838,339 pilgrims were admitted into Saudi Arabia for the 2019 exercise as at 12 noon Wednesday.

According to the DG, only one person with a valid visa was caught with fake passport.

He said that biometric captures of pilgrims entering KSA takes only between 15-20 seconds, adding that flights that come a little late are usually due to technical faults.

He praised the Crown Prince for his efforts to make pilgrims comfortable and for the success of the first phase of the pilgrimage for this year.

Alyahya also commended the ministry of interior, health, customs, airport, police, military, Hajj and Umrah who have provided services for the success of the operation.

He said that one of the major successes recorded this year is that pilgrims do not have to wait for their luggages upon arrival at the airport, the luggages are delivered to pilgrims at their accommodations.

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