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Updated January 2023
The Hajj season 2023 is coming and many pilgrims around the world are looking forward to performing Hajj 2023 after the success of Hajj last year. To be able to perform Hajj, all pilgrims need to obtain a Hajj visa, including residents of the UAE. Here, we have gathered all the information on how you can obtain your Hajj visa.
What is a Hajj visa?
The Hajj visa is one of the most important documents that Hajj pilgrims need to be allowed to perform the Hajj. Hajj visas are valid for travel only in the vicinities of Jeddah, Makkah, and Madinah and for travel between these cities. These visas are not valid for work or residency. Unapproved travel outside these areas may result in immigration violations and penalties.Book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia
Do pilgrims from UAE need a visa to perform Hajj?
UAE nationals do not need to obtain a visa to enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj. They only need to obtain a Hajj permit before they perform the Hajj. However, expatriates who live in UAE do need to obtain a Hajj visa to perform the Hajj from UAE.
What are the requirements for a Hajj visa?
Here are the requirements that you need to observe to obtain a Hajj visa:
- the applicant must have a passport valid for at least six more months and acceptable both for entry to Saudi Arabia and entry to the next destination; the passport should have at least two empty visa pages adjacent to each other
- UAE residence visa must have a three-month validity
- each applicant must submit one recent passport-size color photograph with a white background. The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly. Side or angled views are NOT accepted. (Some travel agents require two color photos, one for the visa application and the other for the group identification card)
- the applicant must submit a completed application form filled in with black ink pen or printed; the form must be signed and stamped by the authorized travel agency
- the Mahram should write on the application forms complete information on his spouse and children or any relative with whom he is traveling. He should also provide copies of marriage or birth certificates.
Note: Women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram. Proof of kinship must be submitted with the application form. Any woman over the age of 45 may travel without a Mahram with an organized group, provided she submits a letter of no objection from her Mahram authorizing her to travel for Hajj with the named group. This letter should be notarized
- the applicant must be in possession of a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with confirmed reservations
- the applicant must submit proof of vaccination for meningitis and ACYW135. For infants and children up to 15 years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis. Children over 15 years of age should present the same vaccinations requested for adults. The certificate of vaccination should have been issued not more than three years and not less than 10 days prior to entering Saudi Arabia
- each pilgrim should submit two certified checks or cashier checks payable to ‘Unified Agents Office’ in Jeddah for pilgrimage services (guides, Zamzam water agents, tent accommodation in Mina and Arafat and transportation costs). These checks should include the name and the passport number of the pilgrim and date and place of issue. Each applicant must pay the appropriate fees. Pilgrims have the option to submit one check combining both fees. Children between the ages of seven and fifteen should only pay half of the amount. Children under the age of seven do not need to pay. Please check with the Saudi Consulate in your country for the correct charges
- Applicants who are not nationals of the country they are applying from should submit documented proof of legal residence status. If the applicant has converted to Islam, an Islamic certificate must be presented which must be notarized by an Islamic Center.
- Passport authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reserve the right to return (at his or her own expense) any pilgrim who has provided wrong or false information about their residence.
- No applicant under the legal age of eighteen will be granted a Hajj visa if not accompanied by his family.
How do I apply for the Hajj visa?
After the expat pilgrim seekers have obtained the Hajj permit, they can 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 Saudi Arabia. The Hajj visa is usually valid until the 15th of Muharram.
The application form is available from their nearest Saudi Consulate. However, it is strongly advisable to appoint a licensed travel agent, who will arrange a visa, as well as their travel and accommodation and anything else they may need to perform the Hajj.
The travel agent will send their application form to the Saudi Consulate. It is also advised that they apply for their Hajj visa from Mid-Shawwal until the 25th Dhual-Qa’dah of each year.
Approved Hajj travel agents in UAE
Here are some of the government-approved Hajj tour operators in Dubai you can contact for your Hajj visa:
- 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
Hajj visa fee
The Hajj visa is 100% free for all pilgrims. Note that a Hajj visa is typically made available via travel agents and you may be expected to pay other fees.