Saudi Arabia: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th October 2017.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on support for UK nationals traveling to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage in the event they encounter any difficulties with their tour operators; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

‚ÄčI welcome the significant efforts made by Saudi Arabia in providing the infrastructure and services to allow millions of Muslims from around the world to perform their religious duty. The British Consulate General in Jeddah maintains a close dialogue with the Ministry of Hajj, including on issues with tour operators, to ensure an effective consular service to British pilgrims throughout their visit to Saudi Arabia. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has extensive travel advice for pilgrims at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/saudi-arabia/pilgrimage, including advice on choosing a tour operator.

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