Immigration Thwarts Departure of 14 Hajj Pilgrims Using Working Visa

5 July 2022 21:28 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Soekarno-Hatta Airport Class 1 Immigration Office and the Religious Affairs Ministry’s sub-directorate of hajj and umrah supervision managed to thwart the departure of 14 prospective hajj pilgrims.

“They used tourist visas and working visas,” said Head of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Class 1 Immigration Office Muhammad Tito Andrianto on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Tito detailed that 6 of them were ready for hajj boarding Qatar Airways (QR 957), 7 people boarding Saudi Arabian Airways (SV 819), and 1 boarding Thai Airways (TG 433).

They were prevented from leaving after the Immigration checked their visas and printed boarding passes. According to Tito, identifying hajj passengers would be difficult when they use an online hajj visa because the immigration has not had access to check the validity of the online hajj visa to date.

Recently, Qatar Airways also canceled the departure of 17 prospective pilgrims. The Religious Affairs Ministry’s official for hajj and umrah supervision, Taufik Erwin, said that seven of them attempted to fly to the holy land by using working visas. 

“But we were suspicious of their styles that did not show as if they would work there because they wore luxurious clothes,” said Taufik.

After the interrogation, Taufik went on, one of them admitted that they planned to go for the hajj pilgrimage using working visas. “They are accompanied by an umrah travel agency which has no authority to depart people for hajj,” said Erwin, adding that the Religious Affairs Ministry was evaluating the travel agency’s permit.

JONIANSYAH HARDJONO

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo on Google News



LPDP Tracks Alumni Staying Abroad

14 hari lalu

LPDP Tracks Alumni Staying Abroad

LPDP Director Andin Hadiyanto said his side is working with the Immigration Directorate to track down the whereabouts of the awardees abroad.


22 Hajj Pilgrims Test Positive for Covid-19, Showing Mild Symptoms

21 hari lalu

22 Hajj Pilgrims Test Positive for Covid-19, Showing Mild Symptoms

Twenty-two Indonesian hajj pilgrims are confirmed to be tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms and some are asymptomatic.


Jokowi Urges Hajj Pilgrims to Get COVID-19 Booster Shot

25 hari lalu

Jokowi Urges Hajj Pilgrims to Get COVID-19 Booster Shot

President Joko Widodo or Jokowi mandated all hajj pilgrims who have just returned to Indonesia to get a COVID-19 booster shot.


Religious Affairs Minister Reminds Hajj Pilgrims to Watch Out for Their Health

26 hari lalu

Religious Affairs Minister Reminds Hajj Pilgrims to Watch Out for Their Health

Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas reminded Indonesian Hajj pilgrims to watch out for their health after conducting a series of worship at peak of Hajj.


200 Indonesians in Sabah Immigration Detention Centers to Return Home

28 hari lalu

200 Indonesians in Sabah Immigration Detention Centers to Return Home

More than 200 Indonesian citizens in the immigration detention centers in Sabah, Malaysia, will be soon repatriated.


Saudi Arabia to Open its Airspace for All Air Carriers

28 hari lalu

Saudi Arabia to Open its Airspace for All Air Carriers

Saudi Arabia decides to open the Kingdom's airspace for all air carriers that meet the requirements of "the authority for overflying."


Hajj Pilgrims Must Monitor Health Conditions for 21 Days after Returning Home

29 hari lalu

Hajj Pilgrims Must Monitor Health Conditions for 21 Days after Returning Home

The Indonesian hajj pilgrims will be given a health report card dubbed the K3JH to monitor their health conditions for 21 days after their return.


Hajj Pilgrims Perform Symbolic Stoning of the Devil in Mina

33 hari lalu

Hajj Pilgrims Perform Symbolic Stoning of the Devil in Mina

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims threw pebbles on giant columns symbolizing Satan on Saturday, July 9, as part of annual hajj rituals.


Saudi Arabia Announces Health, Security Measures for Hajj Season

35 hari lalu

Saudi Arabia Announces Health, Security Measures for Hajj Season

This year is the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 that Saudi Arabia allows foreign pilgrims to perform Hajj.


VP Ma'ruf Amin Heads to Saudi Arabia for Hajj

37 hari lalu

VP Ma'ruf Amin Heads to Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and his wife, Wury Estu Handayani, flew to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, July 5, to perform the hajj.