Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, announced on Monday the opening of a “Tasheer” visa application center in Tunis and the inauguration of a platform dedicated to the Umrah.
In a joint press conference with Minister of Religious Affairs, Brahim Chaibi, the Saudi minister explained that the center would issue electronic visas for Saudi Arabia and various other services within a few hours.
As for the digital platform for Umrah, the Minister explained that it will enable Tunisians to choose their accommodation and means of transport, as well as book their air tickets. It will also provide information on opportunities and new services.
He indicated that he had conferred with the Minister of Religious Affairs on a number of initiatives to increase the capacity of air routes between the Kingdom and Tunisia and to open new routes.
He announced that the Saudi carrier will open a new route between Djerba and Jeddah in December. Flights to Medina will be organized from November 2025, he added.
Tawfiq Al-Rabiah also announced a 15% discount for Tunisians performing Umrah.
An extended meeting has been scheduled between Tunisian travel agencies and Saudi airlines to discuss the facilities to be offered to Tunisian pilgrims.
Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah was received on Monday by President Kais Saied who highlighted the long-standing fraternal relations between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia reaffirming their shared desire to cement and diversify them, says a press release from the Presidency of the Republic.
The Saudi minister stressed the importance of easing procedures and providing quality services for Tunisian pilgrims, with optimum coordination between the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Tunisia.