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Updated December 2023

Hajj is one of the most anticipated events for Muslims worldwide. Following success in the Hajj pilgrimage in 2023, Saudi Arabia is now preparing again to welcome pilgrims from all over the world to perform the Hajj, including those from the UAE.

Below, we have gathered the Hajj guideline for all Emiratis nationals wishing to perform the pilgrimage this year. Read further to find out.

Hajj 2024 from UAE latest news

In a document released by the Saudi Ministry of Health outlining the health regulations and recommendations for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage, the COVID-19 vaccination has been removed from being a mandatory requirement. Owing to the decrease in cases and severity of the virus in recent times, the vaccine is now in the “recommended” category.

Please refer to our news piece on the topic for further details.

Hajj 2024 from UAE dates

The UAE has released the dates for registration for the 2024 Islamic pilgrimage, Haj. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has specified that individuals planning to perform Haj can use its mobile app to register from December 5th to December 21st.

In the following year, Saudi Arabia will host pilgrims at Islam’s most sacred locations in June. Additionally, the ministry stated the Hajj visas will be issued from 1 March until 29 April next year. Meanwhile, the first batch of Hajj pilgrims will arrive on 9 May.

Hajj 2024 from UAE requirements and rules

These are a few requirements and rules that have been announced regarding Hajj 2024 in UAE:  

As the official guidelines have yet to be released, please note that some of these requirements and rules were observed during this year’s Hajj season and may not apply to Hajj 2024.

General requirement

This year’s Hajj is strictly for those who have yet to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. The requirements for a Hajj visa include

  • a valid passport
  • a recent photo
  • proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease
  • proof of enough funds to cover expenses during your stay in Saudi Arabia.

Age limit & testing requirements

Hajj will be available this year for all people above the age of 12 provided that they obtain the basic doses of vaccines approved in the Kingdom.

Vaccination requirements

Pilgrims now are not mandated to fulfill the COVID-19 vaccination to participate in Hajj. However, pilgrims will need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, meningitis, polio, and seasonal influenza. For more information on these vaccines, check out our dedicated article below.

Hajj 2024 Vaccine: What Pilgrims Need to Prepare This Year

Quarantine requirements

No quarantine will be necessary on arrival for foreign pilgrims fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia. Travellers arriving on visit visas (including pilgrims) must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

Permit

Worshippers are no longer required to obtain an appointment to pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah as well as the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

Hajj 2024 for UAE nationals

UAE nationals do not need a visa to travel to the KSA; however, they must obtain an official Hajj permit to enter the KSA.

This entitles them to the ‘express Hajj’ packages, where pilgrims arrive in Makkah right before rituals begin and return promptly after they end. The package can be arranged through Hajj tour operators.

Those who have never been to Hajj will be prioritized to perform the Hajj this year. Only those who have received approved COVID-19 vaccines in addition to a booster dose can perform rituals this year.

Hajj 2024 for UAE expats

Given the limited quota, the UAE has stopped issuing Hajj permits to expat residents. The Muslim expat population willing to perform Hajj must obtain permits from their respective countries.

You can still get a Hajj visa from Dubai, to go on the pilgrimage. The Hajj visa for expats only allows entry to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. It is not valid for any other city in the KSA.

Health protocols

Saudi Arabia has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Currently, wearing a mask in closed public spaces is not mandatory; however, it was still required in Hajj 2023 season for entry to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and places for which safety protocols have been issued by Weqaya. Face masks may also be required by some public events, public transportation and health facilities that wish to uphold their safety measures.

In 2023, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and meningococcal disease is required for all pilgrims.Additionally, polio vaccination is required for pilgrims coming from countries where the disease is reported, and yellow fever vaccination is necessary for all pilgrims arriving from yellow fever–endemic countries.

The Ministry of Interior had also extended the duration of the requirement to take the booster dose to 8 months. KSA Citizens who wish to undertake international travel outside the Kingdom can now take a third booster dose after 8 months – instead of 3 months.

Proof of vaccination via the Tawakkalna app is no longer required to enter most establishments. Social distancing in mosques and other areas no longer applies.

Detailed guidelines on health requirements have not yet been issued by the authorities. We will update this article as and when this information is released to the public.

How to apply for Hajj 2024 from UAE

All pilgrimage operators are required to provide the pilgrims with suitable residences licensed by the Ministry of Hajj and the Civil Defence in the KSA. The accommodation should conform to the standard set by the authorities in terms of quality, hygiene, age of buildings, accessibility and capacity.

Required documents

Hajj rites for this year can only be performed by individuals who hold a visa that is designated for Hajj, or by those who are already residing with a legal residence inside the Kingdom. Here are some of the documents required for a Hajj visa. You will need to provide these to the Hajj tour operators in Dubai:

  1. Original passport with six-month validity. For expats, their UAE residence visa must have a three-month validity.
  2. A copy of the passport (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  3. A copy of your Emirates ID (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  4. Passport photos with a white background
  5. Contract signed with the campaign operator (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  6. Mahram Letter, which is proof of kinship from an accompanying male relative. This is only applicable to women below the age of 45. Women above the age of 45 can travel with a Hajj tour operator without the need for a Mahram, provided they submit a no-objection letter from their husband, son or brother authorising them to travel for Hajj with the group.

Hajj 2024 application process from UAE

These are the steps for all the UAE pilgrims who wish to participate in Hajj:

  1. Selection of an authorised delegation
  2. Signing a contract with the selected Hajj delegation
  3. Presenting the necessary documents
  4. Taking the advised vaccinations
  5. Receiving the Hajj permit from the delegation

For expatriates, they must submit their Hajj applications to the responsible body in their country based on regulations of the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia, as applications will not be provided by the UAE. Hajj delegations provide forms that include comprehensive information on how to proceed, where the pilgrim can book his or her place as the first step on their Hajj journey.

Hajj 2024 registration through AWQAF UAE app

According to a recent announcement, registration for Hajj 2024 can be done through the AWQAF UAE application that is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. The registration will start from December 5, 2023, to December 21, 2023.

Below, are the steps for Hajj registration through the AWQAF UAE application:

  • download the application from the App Store or Google Play Store
  • open the application
  • click on the “Hajj and Umrah Services” tab on the main screen
  • select “Hajj Registration”
  • log in using the UAE Pass digital identity
  • review and verify your personal information and passport details
  • If you want to link family members, click on the “Link with Family Members” option. Moreover, if you want to come with a guardian or companion, click on the “Add Guardian or Companion” option and enter their reference number.
  • For people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, you can choose your status from the special conditions list and attach the required documents
  • Complete the required details and information
  • Click on “Submit”

The registration application can be tracked at any time through the AWQAF UAE application. To check your application, you can simply go to the “Hajj and Umrah Services” tab on the main screen and select “Track Application.”

Please note that the portal for the registration is still closed for now. It will soon be opened in December, as announced in the AWQAF UAE official account.

Hajj 2024 from UAE packages

Here are some of the government-approved Hajj tour operators in Dubai you can contact for your Hajj packages:

  • Regal Tours Dubai: +971-50-8474-794 | +971 4 2635 888
  • Al Reayah Hajj & Umrah Dubai: +971-55-971-1146 | +971-4 -252-3130
  • Al Hamar Hajj & Umrah Services Dubai: +971-4-396-7711
  • Abdullah Bin Karam Hajj & Umrah Travels: +971-4-228-8575

You can also check our article about Hajj 2023 packages and how to obtain your Hajj permit below:

Hajj Visa 2024: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?

Other than that, you can also book your Hajj packages with the KSA’s approved travel agents in other cities as well:

Abu Dhabi

Abdullah Bin Karam Travel & Tourism
Phone Number: 0097126341902
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Tawheed Travel & Tourism
Phone Number: 0097126324666
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Roqn Al Khames Travel
Phone Number: 0097124412244
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Tayeem Travel
Phone Number: 0097126411008
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Ojoor Travels
Phone Number: 0097165440072
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Yarmook Travel
Phone Number: 0097126394556
E-mail: [email protected]

Sharjah

Alghary Hajj Umra & Tours
Phone Number: 0097165687117
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Bayan Hajj Umrah Tourism
Phone Number: 00971503005979
E-mail: [email protected]

Hajj 2024 from UAE cost

Hajj packages from UAE will cost around AED 27,500, and it includes a Hajj visa, airfares, Hajj coordinator, meals, tents in Mina and Arafat, and transportation in KSA.

Some travel agents will require a minimum payment of AED 10,000 before you can book your Hajj packages.

Free Hajj for special UAE nationals

There are charitable organisations that organise free Hajj for UAE nationals in special cases. People eligible for free Hajj from Dubai include:

  • The elderly
  • Widowed women
  • Divorced women
  • Those whose Hajj application was rejected in the previous year

These individuals must also meet the following conditions for free Hajj:

  • Should not be aged more than 40
  • Should not have previously performed Hajj
  • Cannot afford the Hajj trip from Dubai

People who wish to apply can submit an application via the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE embassies overseas or any of the following organisations:

 

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