The revamping works of Abu Samra border will be completed during the current year so as to ease the border crossing between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a senior official has said.
Addressing Qatar Radio’s 'Police With You' programme, Capt Shafi Khaliwi al-Shammari, secretary of the Abu Samra Border Port Committee, said the works include expanding the port while increasing the capacity of vehicles and adding service buildings. “The crossing currently includes 166 immigration offices with 116 entry points and 50 exit points. Also, there are approximately 12 customs points. The inspection yard accommodates 60 vehicles,” he said.
The official explained that the procedures take 20 to 40 seconds. For GCC citizens and visitors, whose entry is registered at Metrash 2 or the Hayya platform, the proceedings are completed in 10 seconds.
“The pre-registration service through Metrash 2 for Qataris and Qatar residents is in place. As for GCC residents and visitors, registration is through the Hayya platform. This is to facilitate travel procedures and to avoid crowding,” al-Shammari said, adding that this service has proven its quality in facilitating and simplifying travel procedures.
The registration process starts with entering the application, choosing the travel procedures icon or the pre-registration icon for the Abu Samra crossing, and then choosing the type of movement, whether entry or exit. The process includes identifying the driver, whether the vehicle owner or the driver, and mentioning the accompanying passengers, the official added.