The List of Regulations of the Services Provided for the Mu`tamirs (Umrah performers) was issued in 1420H by virtue of the Council of Ministers’ Resolution No. 93, dated 10/6/1420H. It consists of 14 articles. Its bill of implementation was also issued, upon the approval of HRH the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Head of the High Commission of Hajj, by virtue of the Minister of Hajj’s Resolution No. 197/Q/M, dated 21/12/1426H. The bill consists of 59 articles. The regulation and its bill of implementation aim at removing any obstacles facing this sector. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has already put the regulation and its bill of implementation into effect through an electronic system established for this specific purpose. This system connects the Ministry of Hajj with licensed Umrah companies and establishments inside and outside KSA as well as with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Umrah international electronic network of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah deals with millions of Muslims all over the world. It is marked by an efficient mechanism of exchanging information quickly with various institutions as well as storing and retrieving information confidentially. It receives visa applications for Umrah and issues visas. It also follows up the release of visas for the licensed agents and determines how far they are committed to the service packages to be offered to Umrah applicants. It connects governmental authorities, i.e. the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Hajj, as well as the licensed `Umrah companies and establishments. Through this network, a group of systems have been set up which are concerned with following up the legal status of `Umrah companies and establishments and checking how far they abide by the conditions and requirements for such services, beside other systems concerned with the services provided for the Mu`tamirs by `Umrah companies and establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
In order to systematize the course of work in this sector, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah offered licenses for a number of major information technology companies to set up Umrah Service Systems Centers (USSC) according to highly accurate standards and specifications. Such centers are entitled to provide electronic services for Saudi Umrah companies and establishments and their agents abroad and to contribute to the organization of `Umrah.