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Jakarta Post

Indonesian haj pilgrims enjoy fast-track policy

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  01:47 pm
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Pilgrims gather for prayers at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on Aug. 6, ahead of the start of the annual haj pilgrimage. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)

Indonesian pilgrims, more especially those who departed from the Jakarta embarkation point, have lauded Saudi Arabia’s fast-track immigration process upon arrival in the country. Iwan Martin, a resident of Bekasi, West Java, who left for Saudi Arabia in late July, said his haj entourage went straight to their accommodation after they arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. “There was no need to undergo immigration checks in Jeddah as they were all taken care of in the home country,” Iwan said via text from Mecca, adding that the departure-process back in Jakarta was also short and smooth. He only needed to scan his fingerprint before boarding the plane. “The process took around three minutes.” Diyah Martina, another pilgrim from South Jakarta, was also impressed by the service and felt satisfied with the bypass policy. “...