Reviewed December 2023
Many pilgrims worldwide are looking forward to Hajj as the next Hajj peak season will return this year. The Saudi government has announced the lifting of the restrictions on Hajj pilgrim numbers, which means that in terms of volume, this year’s Hajj has returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Below, we have gathered information concerning the Hajj permit. Read further to know more.
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Hajj 2024 news & updates
The minister for Hajj and Umrah announced that preparations began on September 16. Hajj visas will be available from March 1 to April 29 of the following year, and the initial group of pilgrims are expected to arrive on May 9.
According to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, Muslims planning to perform Hajj this year are not mandatorily required to have taken two COVID-19 vaccine shots and 1 booster jab. COVID-19 vaccine now comes under recommended category. According to the Ministry of Health’s document addressing the health requirements for the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage, the following vaccinations have been made mandatory.
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Poliomyelitis, for states reporting cases of WPV1 or cVDPV1
- Poliomyelitis, for states reporting cVDPV2-positive human samples
- Yellow Fever, for countries or areas at risk
What is a Hajj permit?
A Hajj permit is a document issued by the government of Saudi Arabia that allows pilgrims to perform the Hajj in the holy sites. The permit is typically required for all non-Saudi Arabian citizens and is only issued to individuals who meet certain criteria.
Going by last year’s rules, anyone attempting to perform the Hajj without a permit will face a fine of USD 2,665 or SAR 10,000. Violators may also potentially be deported and banned from future travel to Saudi Arabia.
How do I get a Hajj permit?
All pilgrims can obtain their Hajj permit through the Absher portal with these easy steps below:
- go to the Absher portal
- log in to the service
- enter your civil registration number and date of birth, and select ‘Issuing Hajj Permits’
- if everything is in order, you will have the option of downloading and printing your Hajj permit
There have also been talks of the Saudi authorities utilizing the Nusuk app to issue Hajj permits. However, nothing official has so far been confirmed.
How to check your Hajj permit status?
You can check your Hajj 2024 permit status by accessing the official website of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah here.
How much is a Hajj permit fee?
Hajj permit is free of charge for all pilgrims. Pilgrims will only need to pay for the Hajj package fee.