The biometric verification of the Hajj pilgrims 2019 has started from Saturday. The verification is being done in 27 cities throughout the nation as an initial requirement for visa processing of Saudi Arabia, as informed by an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
As per the official, the ministry has asked the intending pilgrims who would be performing Hajj under the government scheme to get their biometric verification done as per the schedule.
The schedule of verification has already been provided to the pilgrims via SMS, telephone. The schedule could be checked by the intending pilgrims in their respective Etimad office by clicking on to the website of the ministry www.hajjinfo.org or the helpline of the ministry (042) 111 725425;(051) 9216980-82; (051) 9205695 and via Hajj camps for getting their biometrics done before passports are submitted for visa issuance.
The official informed that the verification was being done by Etimad Visa Service Centres as per the scheduled date and timings and the pilgrims are told to keep their original bank receipts, passports and copies of computerized national identity cards (CNIC) with them before going for the verification process.
The verification would be done without any charges for the above 80 years in age adults and under 6 years of age children.
The verification is to be conducted at 27 Visa Service Centres of Etimad, which are:
- Rahim Yar Khan,
- D I Khan,
- Mirpur Khas (Sindh),
- Mirpur (AJK),
- Rajanpur, and
He added that the Hajj pilgrims would not be allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia without biometric verification.
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