As per the Ministry of Hajj, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign and Affairs, and the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Canada; Only Machine readable passports will be considered for a Hajj visa, and/or any other Saudi Visa effective from 2014, and on words. The passport MUST be clean, especially for the barcode area on the first page. Any ink dots spilled on the first page with the barcode, or damaged passports including water damaged will NOT be accepted for a Hajj visa.