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Hajj Visa Update

the following information provided by Emirates:

HAJJ is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Muslims from all over the world perform pilgrimage at a specified time for a specific period in the Islamic month of Dhul’Hijjah. During this month Pilgrims arrive in large groups with a group leader and Emirates operates extra flights to JED and MED to accommodate these groups. The Saudi Government has imposed strict rules and regulations for better control due to large number of pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia and airlines must strictly adhere to these rules. Below are the upates on the Hajj Visa for your reference.

Arrival into Jeddah/Madinah

The last date of entry for Haj is August 5, 2019, corresponding to 04th Dhul Hijjah 1440H.

Departure out of Jeddah/Madinah

Non Saudi GCC Nationals can depart JED and MED from August 16, 2019, corresponding to 14th Dhul Hijjah 1440H after 0800 hours local time.
Non-GCC Nationals can only depart JED and MED from August 17, 2019, corresponding to 15th Dhul Hijjah 1440H after 0800 hours local time.
Last date for Haj departure to end on September 15, 2019, corresponding to 15th Muharram.

New requirement of 2 unused passport pages for travel to South Africa

the following information provided by Emirates:

Please be advised that as per a requirement by South Africa immigration authorities, with immediate effect, customers travelling to any point in South Africa must have two (2) unused-blank pages in their passports. This applies to all types of passports for all foreign nationals excluding South Africans.

** Failure to having the necessary requirements may result to a fine imposed for non-compliance: ZAR 15000.00 per passenger.

Advanced Seat Selection

*the following message from Emirates

(Based on the Advanced Seat Reservation (ASR) charges introduced in October 2016) Customers travelling on an Economy Special or Saver ticket are subject to seat selection charges if they want to select their seat before online check-in opens (at 48 hours to departure) whilst customers travelling in First, Business or on an Economy Flex or Flex plus ticket can select seats at no extra charge any time after ticketing.

On August 20, Emirates introduced three new categories of extra value seats for Economy class seats.

Full details of seat selections and applicable fees >> Click Here

Restrictions on powders in carry-on bags to US and from/through Australia

*the following message from Emirates

"Effective June 30, 2018 all travelers flying to the US and from/through Australia, including transit and transfer passengers, will face restrictions on powders in their carry-on hand baggage. Powder containers equal to or larger than 350ml/g will be subject to additional screening at airports within Australia and the US. In addition to taking out liquids, aerosols and gels, it will be required to remove powders from carry-on baggage and place them separately in a tray for X-ray examination at the screening point.

Please place all powder-like substances in their checked-in baggage. Baby formula, prescription medicines and human remains are exempt.

Any container with 350 ml/grams (approximately the size of a can of soda), or larger, containing powder-like substances in carry-on bags or cabin baggage will be confiscated at Dubai (DXB) as well as Milan (MXP) and Athens (ATH).
Powder-like substances in containers equal to or larger than 350ml/gms purchased from Dubai, Milan and Athens Duty Free shops inside the concourse(s) located in the security-restricted areas of the airport must be placed and secured in Sealed Tamper Evident Bags (STEBs) along with proof of purchase or the receipt.

This policy does not apply to flights departing from the US or US territories, as TSA have already implemented enhanced procedures at their security checkpoints for screening of the powder-like substances."

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