NAHCON gives deadline on Pilgrims’ groupings,  data uploading

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised the  State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, Commissions and Agencies to conclude the grouping of pilgrims into groups of 45 and conclude data upload to the e-track portal on or before Friday,  26th of April, 2024.

These groupings, according  to a statement signed by the NAHCON Deputy Director, Information and Publications Division,  Alhaji Mousa Ubandawaki,  are intended for ease of visa issuance on the Saudi Visa e-track platform.

 The statement added that the directive is in line with the mandatory Saudi policy on Tafweej grouping for 2024 Hajj movement.

“It would be recalled that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced new measures for this year’s Hajj operations, one of which is the mandatory grouping of pilgrims into groups of 45. Hence, Pilgrim’s visas will be issued only when they complete a group of 45.

“Also, NAHCON is encouraging all pilgrims that wish to travel together in desired groups, to meet their respective State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards to be grouped together, as this is the only avenue to arrange to travel with those whom you wish.

“It should be noted that these groups of 45 will always conduct their Hajj activities together; from departure from Nigeria, accommodation and movement in both Makkah and Madinah,  Masha’ir activities, and journey back to Nigeria” the statement added. 

The Commission however   reiterated that this is the last chance given by the Saudis to conclude all arrangements for group travel by intending pilgrims for 2024 Hajj operations. 

The commission hinted that after the expiration of this deadline, all pilgrims will remain confined with their selected group members whose visas will appear together.

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