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Updated July 2023

Every year, millions of Muslims from around the world gather in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. For pilgrims in Qatar, the journey to Hajj is an important, transformative experience. From the preparations to performing the rituals to returning home, the Hajj pilgrimage is a profound spiritual journey that requires commitment, patience, and devotion.

Below, we have gathered the guideline for all the Qatari pilgrims who wish to perform Hajj this year. Read further to find out.

Hajj 2024 from Qatar news – latest updates

Following the completion of the 2023 Hajj season, the Saudi authorities have disclosed significant schedules for the upcoming preparations for the next Hajj pilgrimage. This proactive approach demonstrates their dedication to ensuring the continued success of the Hajj pilgrimage.

According to the minister for Hajj and Umrah, the preparatory stage will commence on 16 September this year, with the international symposium and exhibition organized on 8 January 2024.

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 Qatar dates

As of now, the dates for Hajj 2024/1445H have yet to be confirmed. However, the Saudi Ministry for Hajj and Umrah revealed that the first batch of pilgrims will arrive at the Kingdom on 9 May next year.

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Hajj from Qatar requirements and rules

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.

There were a few requirements and rules that had been announced regarding Hajj 2024. 

Age limit & testing requirements

Hajj was available this year for all people no less than 18 years old who have obtained the basic doses of vaccines approved in the Kingdom and present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival to the Kingdom.

Ex-pats were allowed to register for Hajj 2024 from Qatar, provided they were over 40 years of age and had been residing in Qatar for at least 10 years.

Vaccination requirements

Pilgrims visiting the Kingdom for Hajj need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (complete doses and a booster jab). The following vaccines are the vaccines approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech. 2 doses
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca: 2 doses
  • Janssen. 2 doses
  • Moderna. 2 doses
  • Sinopharm. 2 doses
  • Sinovac. 2 doses
  • Covaxin. 2 doses
  • Sputnik V. 2 doses
  • ​Nuvaxovid. 2 doses
  • ​Covovax​​. 2 doses

Apart from the COVID-19 vaccines, pilgrims will also have to be vaccinated against yellow fever, meningitis, polio, and seasonal influenza. The last day to receive all the required vaccines is 10 days before the beginning of the upcoming Hajj season.

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 for foreign pilgrims fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia. However, 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 a permit and appointment to pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah as well as the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. However, you must still obtain a Hajj permit through the online app Absher. The Hajj permit has begun to be issued on 5 May 2023.

Makkah entry permit

To regulate the Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi authorities allowed only those with Hajj and Umrah permits, Iqama issued in Makkah and other permits issued by Saudi authorities to enter Makkah this year.

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 is still required 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.

How to apply for Hajj from Qatar

Hajj registrations for 2024 from Qatar have not been disclosed.

The Department of Hajj and Umrah of the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs had launched a new online system for registering pilgrims, which allowed offices to register each pilgrim and upload his data and the contract between the office and the pilgrim.

Qataris, GCC citizens and residents who planned to go to Hajj from Qatar were required to apply online through the Department of Hajj and Umrah website at the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs throughout the month of Sha’ban. The application could be made with these steps:

  • visit the Department of Hajj and Umrah website
  • enter your personal information accurately and verify your validity to ensure the acceptance of the application
  • upon completing the registration process, the applicant will receive a message including a password to log in to the website in case of including associates, on the condition that the resident or the associate has resided in Qatar for three years or more
  • once an online application is successfully completed, the applicant receives a text message from the Department of Hajj and Umrah
  • a second message will be sent if the applicant is selected for the pilgrimage
  • once all procedures are completed, pilgrims will get a third text message that specifies their identification number.

Conditions and instructions for the registration process were available on the website, along with a list of the required documentation, educational brochures on the Hajj rituals, the specifications of the services provided to pilgrims by air and land contractors, and bulletins on disease prevention, safety and risks. The website also provided pilgrims with support via online and hotline services.

The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs has completed electronic screening of Hajj candidates for 2023, prioritizing Qataris, first-time pilgrims, the elderly, and those previously rejected. Approved applicants will receive an SMS and must register with an approved Hajj campaign office, sign a contract and complete other formalities within one week of approval.

The Haj Guide app

The Qatari Haj Mission has launched a new “The Haj Guide” app with various features to assist all Qatari pilgrims during the pilgrimage.

It provides some important and useful instructions on everything about Hajj, interactive maps and important addresses of Qatari campaigns in Doha and the holy sites in the KSA; it also can be used for a self-service to print the Saudi Hajj permit from the app as well as the “Proof of Hajj” that is officially linked to the Department of Hajj and Umrah Qatar. It also enables pilgrims to send their coordinates if they wish to request assistance in case of emergency.

Furthermore, it also includes some hotlines that are connected with the officials to assist the pilgrims. To connect to the hotline, pilgrims can dial 8003040444 with a Qatari or Saudi SIM card free of charge.

Hajj from Qatar packages

There are currently 19 accredited and approved tour providers in Qatar where you can book your Hajj packages. The following is a partial list:

Al Hamadi for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: B Ring Rd, Doha
  • Tel: +974 4443 3307 | Mob: +974 5550 1619
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 8:30 pm; Friday: 4 pm – 7 pm

Almanasik for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location:7HG2+5V8, Doha
  • Tel: +974 4442 2634 | Mob: +974 5581 8865
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday: closed

Ansar for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Wadi Al Qura Street, Al Maamoura, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4411 4225 | Mob: +974 7022 4045
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Hatem Hajj and Umrah office

  • Location: Apartment 16, Second Floor, Al Hail Building, Next to Al Rawnaq, Airport Commercial Street, Matar Qaadeem, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4465 1749 | Mob: +974 5544 3343
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Friday: closed

Nosook for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Wholesale Market Road, Abu Hamour Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4036 0770 | Mob: +974 5519 8003
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Taiba for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Next to Qatar Post, Madinat Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4488 4929 | Mob: +974 6675 1996
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm; Friday: closed

For more information on Hajj, please contact the Department of Hajj and Umrah in Qatar via hotline 132.

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

Hajj Packages 2024: What to Know About Purchasing This Year’s Pilgrimage Package

Hajj from Qatar price

It’s been reported that the prices for Hajj packages from Qatar range from QAR 26,000 to 70,000 per person. The hajj packages would typically include airfare, accommodation, food, and transport. However, we recommend consulting your preferred travel agent concerning the most recent prices and what the packages entail.

 

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