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King Salman Has Approved Several Initiatives For This Year’s Hajj

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The Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, has approved a number of incentive initiatives for establishments operating in the Hajj and Umrah sectors.

The move comes as part of the king’s keenness to mitigate the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on everyone

The initiatives include:
1. Accommodation facilities would be exempt of annual fees for licenses for municipal commercial activities for one year in Makkah and Madinah.
2. Hajj and Umrah sector establishments will be exempt from paying the fee for employed expats for six months.
3. Licenses for accommodation facilities from the Ministry of Tourism may be renewed free of charge for one year in Makkah and Madinah, which can be extended.
4. Collection of residency renewal fees for expatriates working in activities related to the Hajj and Umrah sector will be postponed for six months, and the amounts are to be paid in installments over a period of one year.
5. The validity of licenses (application forms) for buses operating in facilities that transport pilgrims would be extended without charge for one year.
6. Collection of customs duties for new buses for this year’s Hajj season will be postponed for three months, and to be paid in installments over a period of four months starting from the due date.

It is also being reported that getting vaccinated is a prerequisite for this year’s Hajj

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