Why Hajj is important for Muslims?
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, every Muslim is required to perform it once in a life who has a sufficient resource to perform it.
In 2015, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched an online procedure to apply for local Hajj for Saudi expats and Saudi citizens.
The Recent Announcement by Ministry of Hajj & Umrah
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that ,
Limited number of Saudi citizens and Saudi expats, who are already in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be allowed to perform hajj this year.
Will Pilgrims be Allowed for Hajj from Outside the Kingdom
No, the Ministry has categorically announced to allow Hajj only for citizens & Saudi expats this year.
Conditions to Apply for Hajj 2020
- Registration is open for 4 days till 10 July 2020.
- People between the aged of 20 and 65 years can apply.
- People without any underlying conditions such as Diabetes, Heart condition or Suspected of having or contracted Covid-19 can apply.
- People have to agree to mandatory quarantine before and after Hajj.
- People who have never performed hajj can apply.
Who are eligible for Hajj from Saudi Arabia?
Those Saudi expats and Saudi citizens who want to apply for local Hajj online, first of all, they should check if they are eligible to apply for Hajj this year. Read more: Hajj will be Limited for Citizens and Saudi Expats Living in Saudi Arabia
As per rules, you can perform hajj once every 5 years. So, check if you are eligible to perform Hajj this year through this link “Check Eligibility for local Hajj through MOI”. Additionally, the followings pass the eligibility criteria to fill an online local Hajj application to perform the Hajj. Read more: The Cheapest local hajj package 2019 announced by the Ministry for Saudi expats and Saudi citizens
- Saudi citizens.
- Saudi expats who hold valid Saudi Iqama.
Who are not eligible for local Hajj from Saudi Arabia?
The followings do not qualify the eligibility criteria to fill an online local Hajj application to perform the Hajj.
- The visitors who come on Family visit visa.
- The visitors who come on Commercial visit visa.
- The visitors who come on Business visit visa.
How a Saudi expat or Saudi citizen could apply for local Hajj 2020?
The Online local Hajj booking can be applied through the following Hajj portal (Click here) for the locals (i.e. Saudi expats and Saudi Citizens). Read more: Domestic/ local Hajj pilgrims wouldn’t have to worry about their luggage anymore
Expected Cost of Local Hajj 2020
In this article, we have mentioned the last year’s cost of Hajj. However, for this year it is expected to go higher than last year, the main reason of higher cost would be VAT which would be 15% from July 01, 2020.
When Online Local Hajj 2020 Booking Portal will Start?
Online booking for Saudi expats has been opened for registration of local Hajj 2020 starting from today July 06, 2020. Only fix number of pilgrims are allowed to perform Hajj. Read more: Children of Hajj pilgrims will be taken care in Nurseries during Hajj 2019
ابتداء من اليوم وحتى تاريخ 19ذو القعدة 1441 هـ سيتمكن الراغبين في أداء فريضة الحج من غير السعوديين المقيمين داخل المملكة من التسجيل وفق الشروط الصحية والتنظيمية عبر رابط #وزارة_الحج_والعمرة الآتي:
— وزارة الحج والعمرة (@HajMinistry) July 6, 2020
Details provided by the local Hajj 2020 online Portal
From the local Hajj portal, Saudi expats and Saudi citizens can select local Hajj operators. This e-portal provides the following comprehensive details:
- The list of certified local Hajj operators.
- List of services provided by the local Hajj operators.
- The prices of the local Hajj operators.
- Location of their offices.
Expected Categories of Local Hajj 2020 Packages
|S.No.||Type of Expected Package||Details of Expected Package|
|1||A1 Category||The A1 category is above economic category. The rate for category A1 will reach up to SR.4,547 in accordance with the availability of the train service.|
|2||A2 Category||The charges of A2 category for Hajj will range between SR.4,235 to SR.4,485.|
|3||B Category||The charges for B category for Hajj is between SR.4,172 to SR.4,422.|
|4||C Category||The range for category C is between SR.4,047 to SR.4,297.|
|5||D Category||Under the category of D for Hajj, there are 2 sub-categories D1 and D2.
|6||E Category||The range is from SR.3,697 to SR.4,047.|
Step by Step Procedure to apply for online Local Hajj 2020 from Saudi Arabia
|1||Those who wish to perform local Hajj 2020 need to access local hajj website Visit the Hajj website portal Click here|
|2||Once you have finished step 1, you need to select one of the packages according to your desire and limit. Once it is selected follow the reservation request.|
|3||After completing the 2nd step, you need to select the following:
|4||After clicking the submit button, the list of Hajj operators can be seen online with the following details:
|5||Once you are done with the step-4. You will find different Hajj packages as follows containing cheapest and expensive rates.
|6||In the next window, you will need to verify your phone number and email address in order to get a verification code.|
|7||You will need to enter the applicant details after verifying the phone number.
|8||In the next window, you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of local hajj.|
|9||Once all the above steps are being executed properly, you will see a new page stating booking confirmation.|
|10||In the last step, you will need to make the payment of Hajj fee according to the Hajj package you selected above. Payment would be made through SADAD within 72 hours from the date of Hajj registration.|
|11||After making the payment of Hajj fee, it will allow you to print the online Hajj Tasreeh (permit) or you can request the Hajj Tasreeh from your agent as well.|
The Sacrifice of the Animal during Hajj:
1). Adahi Coupon (for sacrifice)
Remember! If anyone of you wishes to do sacrifice (Slaughtering) during Hajj, you need to purchase the “Adahi Coupon“ at this stage. Kindly note that it is not compulsory to buy, you could get the services of the local agent as well by paying them separately. Read more: No Immigration will be Required for Pakistani Hajj Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia
If you don’t want to purchase the coupon and don’t wish to take this service, then you need to skip this step by clicking “Skip”.
2). Sacrifice (Slaughtering Animal in Hajj) not required in Hajj Ifrad
Kindly note that the Hajj pilgrims performing Hajj Ifrad are not required to sacrifice (Slaughtering of Animal) the animal during Hajj but those who are performing “Hajj Tamattu” and “Hajj Qiraan” will be required to do the sacrifice during their Hajj.
Expected fees for the Cancellation of Booking for Hajj 2020 by Saudi expat and Saudi citizens?
|Date of Cancel the Booking of Hajj||Amount of Penalty|
|1st Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||SR 75.60/-|
|2nd Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||30% of the Reservation Amount.|
|3rd Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||40% of the Reservation Amount.|
|4th Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||50% of the Reservation Amount.|
|5th Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||60% of the Reservation Amount.|
|6th Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||70% of the Reservation Amount.|
|7th Dhul Hijja (ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة)||Full Amount.|
What are the Rights of Saudi Expat and Saudi Citizens Pilgrims?
Saudi Citizens and Saudi expats enjoy a bundle of rights which are offered to them when they apply for Hajj. Some of these rights are assigned to the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah (MHU) which will ensure their provision for the pilgrims.
These rights are:
1- Pilgrims shall be enabled to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) after entering into a contract with a licensed company or agency by the MHU.
2- The MHU shall qualify the companies and agencies capable of offering the services properly to the pilgrims.
3- The MHU shall facilitate the pilgrims’ making of contracts with licensed companies and agencies. It shall transfer the pilgrims’ data to the Ministry of Interior in order to issue Hajj permits for them since it is the concerned authority responsible for this procedure.
4- The MHU shall take the necessary financial guarantees from the companies and agencies to ensure the fulfillment of their contracts with the pilgrims.
5- The MHU shall carry out effective monitoring programs over the companies’ and agencies’ execution of the services agreed upon with the pilgrims.
6- The MHU shall receive the complaints and remarks of the pilgrims on the companies and agencies. Then it will present them to the concerned committee for investigating and taking the appropriate decisions.
7- The MHU shall provide all reports it has as regards the performance of the licensed bodies in the season, and any reports it receives from the concerned bodies, and send them to the committee concerned with the violations in order to see into them and to help it investigate the pilgrims’ complaints.
8- The MHU shall implement the decisions of the Committee in order to return the rights of the pilgrims that are prescribed for them by the Committee, in addition to implementing the Committee’s decisions that include applying penalties on the violating companies and agencies by imposing a financial fine, stopping them from the service for one season or more, or cancelling their licenses.
9- The MHU shall represent the pilgrims before the authorized legal courts if the company or agency objects to the indemnity determined for the pilgrims.
10- The MHU shall give the pilgrims the amount of indemnity that is determined for them through the approved official channels.
Source: Local Hajj