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Updated May 2024

The Hajj season 2024 is coming, and many pilgrims around the world are looking forward to performing Hajj 2024 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.

In this article, Wego has gathered all the information on how you can obtain your Hajj visa.

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The Saudi Ministry of Interior has introduced a digital identity service for Hajj visa holders in the 2024 season, aligning with Saudi Vision 2030’s focus on digital transformation. Developed through collaboration between ministries and the Saudi Data and AI Authority, this service allows pilgrims to electronically verify their identities using the Absher and Tawakkalna platforms.

Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia Implements Digital Identity Service

This initiative aims to simplify pilgrims’ journeys, enhance service quality, and improve overall experiences by providing seamless identity verification, reflecting Saudi Arabia’s commitment to leveraging technology for better services.

What is a Hajj visa?

The Hajj visa is one of the most important documents that pilgrims need to be allowed to perform the Hajj. Hajj visas are valid for travel only within the vicinities of Jeddah, Makkah, and Madinah and between these cities. They are not valid for work or residency. Unapproved travel outside these areas may result in immigration violations and penalties.

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Do pilgrims from UAE need a visa to perform Hajj?

UAE nationals do not need to obtain a visa to enter Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. They only need to obtain a Hajj permit before they perform the Hajj. However, expatriates who live in the UAE do need to obtain a Hajj visa to perform the Hajj from the UAE.

What are the requirements for a Hajj visa?

Other than possessing a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with confirmed reservations, applicants are required to comply with various requirements to obtain a Hajj visa.

Passport requirements

Applicants must have a passport with the following criteria:

  • valid for at least six more months
  • acceptable for entry to Saudi Arabia and the next destination
  • have at least two empty visa pages adjacent to each other

Photograph requirements

Each applicant must submit one recent passport-size photograph with these specifications:

  • coloured 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

Please note that some travel agents may require two coloured photos, one for the visa application and the other for the group identification card.

Application form

It is also mandatory for applicants to submit a completed application form. The form must be:

  • filled in with black ink pen or printed
  • signed and stamped by the authorized travel agency

Mahram requirements

The Saudi authorities have set forth specific guidelines for Hajj pilgrims regarding the Mahram:

  • the Mahram must provide complete information on his spouse and children or any relative travelling with him.
  • he must also submit copies of marriage or birth certificates and proof of kinship along with the application form.
  • women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram.
  • women over the age of 45 may travel without a Mahram in an organized group if they present a notarized letter of no objection from their Mahram, authorizing them to travel for Hajj with the named group.

Vaccination requirements

Unlike the Hajj 2023 pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Health has changed the requirement for COVID-19 vaccines for Hajj 2024. The COVID-19 vaccine is no longer mandatory – it is now in the “recommended” category. However, pilgrims will need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, meningitis, polio, and seasonal influenza. Please check our article below for more information:

Hajj 2024 Vaccine: What Vaccinations Do Pilgrims Need For Hajj?

Payment requirements

Here are the payment requirements that applicants need to observe in regard to pilgrimage services:

  • each applicant must pay appropriate fees by submitting two certified or cashier’s checks payable to the ‘Unified Agents Office’ in Jeddah for pilgrimage services.
  • checks should include the pilgrim’s name, passport number, date, and place of issue.
  • pilgrims can submit one check for both fees.
  • children between the ages of 7 and 15 pay half the amount, and those under 7 are exempted from payment.
  • for the correct charges, consult the Saudi Consulate in your country.

Important notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

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