Hajj 2024: Good news for Hajj pilgrims, Saudi Arabia is going to start this special facility for the first time

Saudi Arabia has made a big announcement for the convenience of Haj pilgrims. This time during Haj, pilgrims will be able to use the ATM card issued by their country. The Central Bank of the Kingdom announced this on Sunday (June 9, 2024). The Central Bank has started many services to facilitate the demand and transaction of pilgrims.

According to the Arab newspaper Al Ikhbariya, the Central Bank said that Haj pilgrims can use the ATM card issued by their country in Saudi Arabia. The bank also clarified that these cards must be for international use.

The report also states that pilgrims will be able to use their local ATM cards for payment. Also, you can withdraw cash through Mada. Mada is the national payment system of Saudi Arabia, which was started by the Central Bank. International transactions can be done through this payment system.

Which cards can be used by Hajj pilgrims?

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Union Pay
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Gulf Payment Co. Akaf Network

In view of the increased use of cash in Mecca, Jeddah and Medina, the Central Bank has sent 5 billion Saudi Riyal bank notes and coins to the bank branches of these areas. This value comes to Rs. 1 trillion 11 billion 35 crore 46 lakh 63 thousand 350 in Indian rupees.

Hajj is one of the five holy pillars of Islam. It is necessary for every Muslim who is financially and physically capable to perform Hajj once in life. This year the Hajj pilgrimage is starting from June 14 and will continue till June 19. Muslims from all over the world are arriving in Mecca city of Saudi Arabia for Haj. This time Saudi Arabia has made the rules for Haj pilgrims even more strict. This year no passenger will be able to come for Haj without a permit and if anyone violates this, then a fine of Rs 2 lakh 22 thousand 651 will be imposed on him. Also, the foreign citizen who breaks the Haj rules will be deported.

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