King of Malaysia Attends Farewell Ceremony for Pilgrims Traveling within Makkah Route Initiative

The King of Malaysia, Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Saudi Ambassador to Malaysia, Musaed bin Ibrahim Al-Saleem bid farewell today in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Malaysian pilgrims traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the Makkah Route Initiative.

In a speech during the ceremony, the King of Malaysia expressed his appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all the services and assistance provided by the Kingdom to the Malaysian pilgrims. He said: “We hope that the close relationship that has been established for a long time between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to serve the pilgrims.”

The Makkah Route Initiative, part of the Ministry of Interior’s programs and within the Pilgrim Experience Program to assist pilgrims, and aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030, aims to streamline the arrival and procedural requirements for pilgrims from their respective countries. The process commences with the issuance of electronic visas and the collection of vital information, followed by efficient passport procedures at the departure airport in their home country. These steps are carried out after ensuring compliance with health requirements, along with coding and categorizing luggage based on transportation and accommodation arrangements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Upon arrival, pilgrims are directly escorted to buses that will transport them to their designated residences, while service agencies take care of delivering their luggage to their respective accommodations.

Source: Saudi Press Agency