King Salman has approved the exemption of the payment of a fee for expatriates working in the Hajj and Umrah sector for a period of six months. This is among a number of incentives approved by the King to mitigate the financial and economic repercussions of the coronavirus on individuals, private sector and investors in the Hajj and Umrah sector.
Saudi Arabia’s King Approved Support Package for Hajj and Umrah Sector
- Postponement of the fee collection for the renewal of residency permit (iqama) and dependent fee for expatriates working in this sector for a period of six months, with a condition that the amounts are to be paid in installments for a period of one year.
- Exemption of the annual fee for municipal commercial activity licenses for accommodation facilities for a period of one year in the cities of Makkah and Madinah.
- Exemption of the Maktab Amal Fee for expatriates working in Hajj and Umrah sector firms for a period of six months.
- Renewal of the Ministry of Tourism licenses for a period of one year free of charge for accommodation facilities in Makkah and Madinah, which can be extended.
- Extension of the validity of licenses (istimara) of buses operated by establishments to transport pilgrims without charge for a period of one year.
- The collection of customs duties for new buses for the Hajj season of 2021 will be postponed for a period of three months and paying them in installments over a period of four months starting from the due date.
These initiatives come as an extension of the Kingdom’s efforts to mitigate the financial and economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the sectors operating in the field of Hajj and Umrah