Now Biometric Verification Compulsory for Umrah and Hajj pilgrims. The government of Saudi Arabia has made the verification of biometric compulsory for Umrah pilgrims from 10th of January. As per document received with Online, from 10th instant , all Umrah and Hajj pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia would be bound to ensure their verification on biometric.
Sources said that after receiving direction from Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Religious Affairs has issued necessary instructions to all concerned companies regarding Pakistani pilgrims. He added that this initiative has been taken for the protection and provision of better services to Umrah and Hajj pilgrims of various countries.
“All the persons entering in Saudi Arabia would be bound to abide by the Saudi laws as Saudi government gives significance to its guests, however the Umrah and Hajj pilgrims would have to follow the Saudi laws”, sources added.
It is worth mentioning here that Saudi government had postponed the verification of bio metric twice during last few months due to inappropriate arrangements of companies who have licence for sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Hajj but after the assurance from them, the Saudi government has made it compulsory the verification of biometric system.
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New Visa Laws For Pakistani Umrah Pilgrims. The Saudi government has announced the new Visa laws for the Pakistani Umrah Pilgrims. The Umrah Pilgrims will now need to get biometric verification before applying for the visa.
In order to implement this law in Pakistan, Saudi authorities have united with Etimad.
The Biometric verification Pakistani pilgrims will add extra Rs. 1,040 million each year. However the Travel Agents Association (TAAP) has called to stop this process.
Saudi Government to Increase Charges For Umrahs
It is also an expensive procedure under which every pilgrim has to pay Rs. 650 for registration. According to official data, about 1,600,000 Pakistani travel to KSA for Umrah or Hajj. The implementation of this law will not only double the miseries of the pilgrims but also put the personal and national data of the pilgrims at stake.
The Pakistani Umrah Pilgrims have the following charges;
- Biometric verification fee of Rs 600 – 700 per pilgrim
- Visa Fee PKR 60,000
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As the Biometric Verification system is getting popularity day by day and has replaced the PINs and passwords to a great extent.
We have seen the fingerprint sensors in smartphones for advance security option. In the Same way Mastercard has introduced a new credit card featuring biometric verification fingerprint scanner.
The new Mastercard Credit Card with fingerprint sensor will create more convenience and security as it is the same fingerprint security feature which is being used in mobile payments.
When the customers get registered their fingerprints are converted into an encrypted digital template stored on the card. The cardholder can store up to two fingerprints on the card’s EMV chip.
In order to use the card, all you need to do is to put it in the card reader and put your thumb on the embedded sensor to verify your identity.
Presently, Mastercard is testing the biometric cards in South Africa expects to roll them out to the rest of the world soon.