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Updated May 2024

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 2024 coming closer, authorities have announced the registration date, requirements, and procedure.

Keep reading on Wego to find out more about Hajj 2024 registration from Pakistan.

Hajj 2024 registration from Pakistan

The registration period for Hajj 2024 with Pakistani government schemes has closed. Hajj is a highly anticipated religious journey, and with limited spots available each year, it’s important to plan ahead. Here’s some helpful information for future Hajj applications.

Dates

The registration period for Hajj 2024/1445H ran from 27 November to 22 December 2023. If you’re interested in participating in Hajj next year, be sure to monitor announcements from the Saudi Ministry for Hajj and Umrah for Hajj 2025/1446H.

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Requirements

Registering for Hajj 2024 from Pakistan requires you to meet the eligibility criteria as follows:

  • applicants who have performed Hajj during the last five years are not eligible to apply for Hajj in 2024, 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

For more information, visit our dedicated Hajj 2024 Guide for Pilgrims from Pakistan.

Application procedures

Pakistani pilgrims can choose from three main Hajj schemes offered by the government, with an additional lucky draw option for a limited number of applicants. Let’s explore the application procedure for each scheme.

Regular Hajj scheme

Applications for Hajj 2024 under the Government Hajj Scheme were accepted through selected banks. Applicants were required to deposit PKR 50,000 along with their application, submitted to the banks designated by the Ministry as follows:

  • Allied Bank Limited
  • Askari Bank Limited
  • Bank Al Habib Limited
  • Bank Al-Falah
  • Bank of Punjab
  • Faysal Bank Limited
  • Habib Bank Limited
  • Habib Metropolitan Bank
  • MCB Bank Limited
  • Meezan Bank
  • National Bank of Pakistan
  • Soneri Bank Limited
  • United Bank Limited
  • Bank Islami
  • Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (for regular Hajj scheme only)

While the application period for Hajj 2024 in Pakistan has closed, here’s a general idea of what the application process for the regular Hajj scheme might entail for future Hajj seasons:

  • applicants would need to fill out all the required information on the Hajj application form
  • photocopies of necessary documents and passport-sized photographs would be collected according to the specified guidelines
  • applicants would visit a designated bank branch with the photocopies, photographs, and required fees
  • bank officials would receive all the application materials for processing
  • upon successful submission, applicants would likely receive a computer-generated printout of the application along with a unique application number

Private Hajj scheme

For those seeking a more personalized Hajj experience, the private Hajj scheme allows you to make arrangements through licensed Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs). These organizations offer a variety of Hajj packages catering to different needs and budgets.

To ensure a reputable and smooth experience, it’s crucial to choose a trusted HGO. Our article on Pakistan Hajj Operators 2024 provides a list of approved travel agents in Pakistan.

Hajj lucky draw

Every year in Pakistan, millions of Muslims eagerly await the Hajj lucky draw. This randomized selection process grants a limited number of lucky individuals the chance to fulfill the sacred pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah. To participate in the Hajj lucky draw in Pakistan, you must meet these requirements:

  • be 18 years old or older.
  • be a Muslim
  • be a Pakistani citizen
  • be in good physical condition, free from serious illnesses that could hinder your Hajj journey
  • have sufficient financial resources to cover all Hajj expenses, including travel, accommodations, and other costs

As for the application process involves, it involves these steps:

  • register online: Visit the official Hajj portal of the Government of Pakistan (usually open February-March) and register
  • submit documents: After registering, submit required documents like your passport, national ID card, and proof of income (all attested)
  • pay application fee: Pay the non-refundable PKR 1,000 fee through bank deposit or online transfer
  • wait for the draw: Once your application is complete, your name goes into the lottery. The draw happens with government officials and Saudi Arabian Embassy representatives present
  • get confirmation: If selected, you’ll receive a confirmation letter with further instructions from the Pakistani Hajj portal.

 

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