Ministry of Hajj and Umrah: Allowing Smartphone Biosignature to Issue Visa

Sunday 1444/5/10 - 2022/12/04
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Makkah, December 4, 2022, SPA -- The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced allowing registration of vital features "biosignature" for those coming from 5 countries to complete the procedures for issuing Umrah visas electronically prior to their arrival in Makkah and Madina, as part of efforts by all government sectors to facilitate the procedures for the arrival of pilgrims and Umrah performers, raise the quality of services provided to them at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s border crossings, and enrich their religious and cultural experience, in order to achieve the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 programs.
The ministry explained that the registration of "biosignature" currently includes all visitors coming from the UK, Tunisia, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Bangladesh, noting that the registration process is completed through the Saudi Visa Bio smartphone application, by self-registration of vital characteristics from the country of arrival.
The ministry noted that the registration of the "biosignature" includes face, eye and fingers, and self-photocopying of the passport via the application, enabling Umrah visa applicants to register vital characteristics electronically by the applicants themselves without the need to visit the embassies and consulates of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or visa issuance centers in those countries, in a bid to facilitate their entry through all Saudi border crossings with less time and effort through eased procedures.
The registration of vital features on the app is carried out through 4 steps, including: automated reading of the passport, identification of the type of visa, taking a photo for the face, and fingerprinting. The facilitation of vital characteristics registration procedures is part of efforts by all government sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve pilgrims and Umrah performers, where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the first country to use the registration of vital features of visa applicants via smartphones.
15:39 LOCAL TIME 12:39 GMT