Reuters BANDER ALGALOUD
The Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman bin Abdulaziz approved a number of initiatives aimed at helping individuals and institutions working in the Hajj and Umrah sector.
The agency said, “The initiatives aim to mitigate the financial and economic impacts of the Corona pandemic on the sector that provides support for Hajj and Umrah.”
Initiatives include exempting accommodation facilities from annual fees for licenses for municipal business activities for a period of one year in the cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Hajj and Umrah sector establishments will also be exempt from the fee for expatriates working for a period of six months, and licenses of the Ministry of Tourism can be renewed free of charge for accommodation facilities in the cities of Makkah and Madinah for a period of one year, which can be extended.
The agency indicated that the collection of residency renewal fees for expatriates working in activities related to the Hajj and Umrah sector will also be postponed for a period of six months, provided that the amounts are paid in installments over a period of one year.
And the licenses of buses operating in the facilities for transporting pilgrims will remain valid without charge for a year. The collection of customs duties for new buses for the upcoming Hajj season will be postponed for a period of three months, with the possibility of being paid in installments over a period of four months starting from the due date.
The Saudi government launched more than 150 initiatives, the allocations of which exceeded 180 billion riyals, with the aim of confronting the repercussions of the Corona pandemic and mitigating its effects on individuals, the private sector and investors.