Saudi Arabia Introduces High-Tech E-Visa with QR Code

By Ashary S. Tamano, WebMaster
June 22, 2023

MANILA – June 22, 2023 | In a remarkable display of innovation and technological advancement, Saudi Arabia has transformed its visa issuance process, benefiting numerous countries worldwide. The Philippines, in particular, expresses immense gratitude for being part of Saudi Arabia’s groundbreaking initiatives that have revolutionized visa procedures. The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Commissioner and Spokesperson, Yusoph Mando, commends the cutting-edge e-visa facility for its remarkable impact on streamlining the visa processing system.


Gone are the days of traditional visa stickers meticulously placed on passports. The e-visa facility, which employs a state-of-the-art QR code system, has completely overhauled the visa issuance landscape, offering a seamless and efficient process for Filipino travelers. The system was initially introduced and implemented in seven countries, including the Philippines, marking a significant milestone in Saudi Arabia’s commitment to embracing the digital age.

The adoption of the QR code technology allows for rapid and accurate scanning of vital information, eliminating the need for physical visa stickers. By leveraging advanced technology, Saudi Arabia has not only modernized the visa application process but has also prioritized security and accuracy. This innovative approach ensures that all relevant data is efficiently accessed and authenticated, minimizing the potential for errors or fraudulent activities.

Commissioner Yusoph Mando, speaking on behalf of the NCMF, emphasizes the positive impact of the e-visa facility on the NCMF’s HAJJ 2023 Operation. He highlights how this groundbreaking initiative has considerably improved the visa processing experience for Muslim Filipinos joining the 2023 Hajj. The new system’s efficiency, convenience, and fail-safe nature have undoubtedly alleviated the burden on the Hajj operation.