Approval of the High Commissioner was issued for a number of incentive initiatives for establishments operating in the Hajj and Umrah sector, in the interest of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to mitigate the financial and economic effects of the Corona pandemic repercussions on individuals, private sector establishments and investors.
These initiatives come as an extension of the Kingdom’s efforts to confront the financial and economic impacts on the sectors operating in the field of Hajj and Umrah and the economic activities most affected by the repercussions of this pandemic.
The initiatives were as follows:
First: Exemption of accommodation facilities from the annual fees for licenses for municipal commercial activities for a period of one year in the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Madinah.
Second: Exempting the establishments of the Hajj and Umrah sector from the fee for expatriates working for a period of 6 months.
Third: Renewal of licenses for the Ministry of Tourism for a period of one year free of charge for accommodation facilities in the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Madinah, which can be extended.
Fourth: Postponing the collection of residency renewal fees for expatriates working in activities related to the Hajj and Umrah sector for a period of 6 months, provided that the amounts are paid in installments over a year.
Fifth: Extending the validity of licenses to operate the forms for buses operating in facilities that transport pilgrims without charge for a period of one year.
Sixth: Postponing the collection of customs duties for new buses for the 1442 AH Hajj season for a period of 3 months, and paying them in installments over a period of 4 months, starting from the due date.
It is worth mentioning that the Government of the Kingdom launched over the 150 initiative exceeded their allocations 180 billion riyals, in order to face the consequences of a pandemic Corona, and mitigate its effects on individuals and the private sector investors.