Saudi Arabia has introduced the Nusuk digital platform in Pakistan as part of its efforts to enhance tourism and pilgrimage experiences.
Under the program, the Umrah visa duration has been extended to 90 days from 30 days, and pilgrims can receive their visas within 24 hours of applying, streamlining the process.
The platform is aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, aiming to attract more visitors from Pakistan by simplifying travel arrangements for Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages to Makkah, Madinah, and other destinations.
Nusuk serves as an official planning, booking, and experience platform, offering features such as e-visa processing flight and hotel reservations.
This move is in line with Saudi Arabia’s broader strategy of diversifying its economy and reducing reliance on oil.
Commitment to Facilitate Visitors
During his visit to Pakistan, Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, highlighted the Kingdom’s commitment to facilitating visitors and improving their experiences.
He emphasized the extension of the Umrah visa duration from 30 to 90 days, making it easier for pilgrims to plan their trips. He also mentioned that Umrah pilgrims would receive their visas within 24 hours of applying, streamlining the process.
Additionally, Al-Rabiah discussed the easing of the Mahram condition for female visitors, allowing them to perform Hajj and Umrah without a male guardian.
The Kingdom has also introduced a transit visa that permits travelers to stay in Saudi Arabia for four days, with the Saudi airline providing one night for free.
To further enrich the visitor experience, Saudi Arabia has opened more than 100 historical, archaeological, and religious sites for tourism. These developments aim to promote a deeper understanding of Saudi Arabia’s cultural and historical significance.
Overall, Saudi Arabia’s introduction of the Nusuk platform and its various initiatives reflect a commitment to enhancing tourism and pilgrimage, fostering positive relations with Pakistan, and making the process more accessible and efficient for visitors.