Self-registration of Umrah pilgrims’ biometrics begins in Bangladesh

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

RIYADH – The second phase of implementing the smart phone application service for self-registration of Umrah pilgrims’ biometrics has begun in Bangladesh.

The launching ceremony of the application titled Saudi Visa Bio was held in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Issa Al-Duhailan and President of the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh Muhammad Shahadat Hossain.

Representatives of several Saudi ministries and government agencies also participated in the ceremony and these included the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Presidency of State Security, the National Cybersecurity Authority, and the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAYA), in addition to officials of a number of Hajj and Umrah offices.

The new service will enable the Bangladeshi applicants for Hajj and Umrah visas to register their biometrics from their countries after installing the Saudi Visa Bio application on their smartphones and hence they need not go to visa issuance centers.

The biometrics matching process will be carried out at the time of the pilgrims’ arrival at the land, sea and air ports in the Kingdom. This service is introduced in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to offer the best possible services and facilities for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

It is noteworthy that Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal Bin Farhan launched on Oct. 6 the application for self-registration of the biometrics of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims through smartphones. With the launch of the new mechanism, Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world that allows registration of biometrics via smart phones for the issuance of electronic visas. The Saudi Company for Visa and Travel Solutions is tasked to carry out the self-registration of biometrics service.