Next year onwards, it is going to be easy for Bangladeshi Hajj visitors to visit Saudi Arabia. The kingdom has taken the decision of easing immigration rules for Hajj visitors. The visitors will get pre-clearance from the customs authorities at the airports in Bangladesh. M Anisur Rahman, Religious Affairs Secretary, announced the news in an interview on Sunday morning.
M Anisur Rahman said that Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims will now enjoy simple immigration rules at Bangladeshi airports. They don’t need to wait in long queues at airports in Saudi Arabia to get a clearance. Rahman added that an immigration official from Saudi Arabia will soon visit Bangladesh. He will undertake the task of finding ways to install the pre-clearance booth at the airports.
It is said that the Bangladeshi government is going to request Saudi Arabia officials to install pre-clearance centres in Osmani International Airport in Sylhet, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. People visiting Saudi Arabia on the Umrah visa have to wait in long queues at airports in Saudi Arabia for clearance. Muslims from India and Pakistan are hopeful that Saudi Arabia will install these booths in their respective countries as well.
Open for tourism
Until now, Saudi Arabia was only open to pilgrim. Saudi Arabia didn’t allow leisure travel earlier. The Arab country wants to reduce its dependency on oil and shift it to tourism. The kingdom has big plans for launching its tourism industry. It is going to build a luxury coastal complex fully-equipped with shopping centres, swimming pools, gardens, and more.
The project has already started and will most likely be done by 2021. In 2018, Saudi Arabia will issue its first travel visa. Saudi Arabia is a culturally rich country and that is going to be its attraction. Its spirituality and calmness will attract many people from around the world.