Not permissible to perform Hajj without permit – Council of Senior Scholars

The Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia said in a statement that it is mandatory for Muslims to obtain a Hajj permit if they will perform pilgrimage. The council said obtaining a permit is obligatory to comply with the Sharia law, and facilitate Hajj and safeguard the sanctity of the Holy Sites. Performing Hajj […]

Saudi Arabia issues warning about Hajj, Umrah online scams, fake websites

Saudi authorities on Monday warned worshippers looking to make Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages to Makkah to be alert to online registration scams. Ministry of Hajj and Umrah officials urged pilgrims to only use official ministry accounts. In the latest incident, fraudsters have been duping people in Pakistan into parting with personal information and money by […]

Saudi ministry launches online platform to streamline services for Hajj pilgrims

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has launched its official planning, booking, and experience platform to streamline the services it offers to pilgrims traveling from abroad. The Nusuk gateway aims to make it easier for Hajj pilgrims to purchase service packages and obtain visas without the need to go through external agencies, while offering […]

‘Your Ticket Your Visa’: Saudia first airline to offer stopover transit visa

Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Kingdom’s national flag carrier, has announced the launch of a new service that provides guests with even easier access to the Kingdom through a digital integration system that links transit visas with flight tickets. The “Your Ticket Your Visa” service will allow guests to stay in the Kingdom for up to […]

Deal signed at Hajj expo to launch smart cards for pilgrims

During the Hajj and Umrah Services Conference and Exhibition in Jeddah on Tuesday, the Nosok Foundation for Hajj and Umrah and the General Authority of Awqaf signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of enhancing pilgrims’ experiences via electronic solutions. The agreement details the launch of smart cards that contain users’ personal, residential and health […]

Hajj 2023 applications now open to pilgrims inside Saudi Arabia

Muslims living in Saudi Arabia wanting to perform Hajj this year can now apply for the pilgrimage, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Thursday. In a statement, it revealed there would be four categories of Hajj packages available to local citizens and residents starting from SR3,984 ($1,060) and allowing for payment in full […]

Hajj registration closes for domestic pilgrims after exceeding 390,000, e-draw begins

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has closed registration for domestic pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season, adding that the names would be announced later today following a draw. The number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia had reached more than 390,000 requests, the ministry’s official spokesperson Hesham Saeed said. The selection […]

Ministry of Hajj opens online registration for pilgrims from Europe, the US and Australia

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed that pilgrims from Europe, North America, and Australia can register electronically for this year’s Hajj. Engineer Imad Qari, a member of the Board of Directors of the European, American, and Australian Pilgrims Company, told Arab News that this decision aims to direct sales of services to the pilgrims […]

Saudi Arabia to increase Hajj capacity to 1 million pilgrims this year

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Saturday that Saudi Arabia will increase this year’s Hajj capacity to 1 million pilgrims. The ministry said this decision would be implemented in line with full safety guidelines based on the government’s concern for pilgrims’ safety and the well-being of those visiting the Grand Mosque and the […]

Foreign pilgrims required to present negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival in Saudi Arabia

Foreign pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test certificate on arrival in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before the pilgrim departs for the Kingdom and the ruling […]

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