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Updated March 2023
The Hajj is one of the most important religious events in the Islamic calendar. Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Makkah each year to participate in the annual pilgrimage.
With the Hajj 2023 coming closer, authorities have now announced the Hajj 2023 registration date, requirements and procedure. Keep reading to find out more about Hajj 2023 registration from Pakistan.
Hajj 2023 registration from Pakistan news
According to a statement from the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, pilgrims can submit Hajj applications from 16 March to 31 March 2023. The applications can be submitted to 14 designated banks by the government.
The names of the selected pilgrims for this year’s Hajj will be announced in the first week of April. If an applicant’s name is not included in the list, they may be eligible for a refund from the banks within a week of the announcement being made.
However, the authority will make a waiting list for Hajj pilgrims where only 0.5 per cent of the official Hajj quota will be reserved. Applicants are required to possess National Identity Cards and Pakistani Machine-Readable Passports valid until 26 December 2023.
Hajj 2023 registration from Pakistan starting and closing dates
According to a statement from the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, pilgrims can submit Hajj applications from 16 March to 31 March 2023. The applications can be submitted to 14 designated banks by the government.Book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia
Hajj 2023 from Pakistan requirements
Here are the eligibility criteria for those who wish to perform Hajj in 2023:
- applicants who have performed Hajj during the last five years are not eligible to apply for Hajj in 2023, except if they are a Mahram or going to perform Hajj Badal
- applicants must possess a valid machine-readable passport
- applicants must possess a Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)
- applicants with infectious diseases are not eligible to apply
- the minimum age to perform Hajj 2023 from Pakistan is twelve years.
For more information, visit our dedicated Hajj 2023 Guide for Pilgrims from Pakistan.
Hajj 2023 registration from Pakistan procedures
In Pakistan, there are two schemes for those who wish to perform Hajj: the Government Hajj Scheme for pilgrims who intend to perform Hajj under government arrangements and the Private Hajj Scheme for those who want to make their own arrangements through Hajj Group Organizers (HGO).
If you wish to follow the Private Hajj Scheme, it is best to contact a trusted travel agent. To find a list of approved travel agents in Pakistan, you can refer to our article on Hajj 2023 Guide for Pilgrims from Pakistan.
Applications for Hajj 2023 under the Government Hajj Scheme will be accepted through selected banks. Applicants are required to deposit PKR 50,000 along with their application, which should be submitted to the banks designated by the Ministry.
The following banks are authorized to provide application forms to pilgrims:
- Habib Bank Ltd
- United Bank Ltd
- National bank of Pakistan
- Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd
- Muslim commercial bank Ltd
- First Women bank
- Bank of Punjab
- Allied bank
- Faysal bank
- Habib metropolitan bank
- Bank AL-Falah
- Sindh bank
- JS bank Ltd
To apply for the Government Hajj Scheme in Pakistan for Hajj 2023, please follow the instructions below:
- Fill out the application form and submit it on the due date.
- Write your machine-readable previous passport number or new receipt given for a new passport on the application form.
- Select the blue, green, or white category during the application form filling.
- Submit your health certificate along with the application form.
- Submit the application form to the designated banks.
Hajj 2023 registration from Pakistan lucky draw
Once your application form is approved, it will be entered into a lucky draw. If your name is selected, you will be allowed to perform Hajj under the Government Hajj Scheme this year. If not, you can apply for the government’s Hajj quota next year. Alternatively, you can also apply through Pakistani private travel firms.
Pilgrims whose names are listed in the lucky draw for Hajj must deposit their medical certificates and passports through the designated banks. They can also contact their hired tour and travel agents for further information.