Hajj Visa Requirements
- At least 6 months validity on passport must be possessed by Applicant, and applicable for entry into Saudi Arabia and to the next destination; also the passport should have two empty visa spaces next to each other.
- Two recent passport size colour photos must be provided by the applicant, which has a white background. The provided photo must be a full-face photograph, in which the applicant is looking directly at the camera. No side or angled views are acceptable.
- The applicant must provide a completed application form in black ink or printed, which is then signed and stamped by the authorised travel agency.
- The Mahram (male relative) should write all his information on the application form of his spouse, children or any relative with which whom he is travelling with. Also copies of marriage and birth certificates should be provided. If any of these documents were issued outside the country in which he is applying from, he then should provide fully translated copies that are authenticated by a certified translation office.
- Any women that is travelling for Hajj, must be fully accompanied by a Mahram (Male relative). Proof of kinship must be provided, along with the application. A women that is over 45 can travel without a Mahram (Male relative) in an organised group, provided she provides a no objection letter from her husband, son, brother, in which enables her to travel with the relevant Hajj group. This letter is then should be fully authenticated.
- Applicant must posses a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with confirmed reservations.
- Applicant must provide proof of meningitis and ACYW135. Any infants and children till 15 years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio, as well as meningitis. Children over 15 years, should provide the same vaccinations that are required for adults. The certificate of vaccination should have been issued not more than 3 years and not less than 10 days before entering Saudi Arabia.
- Each pilgrim must provide cashier checks or two certified checks, that are payable to ‘Unified Agents Office’ in Jeddah for pilgrimage services (Accomadation in Mina and Arafat, transportation costs, Zamzam water agents and guides). The checks should include the name, the passport number of the pilgrim, date and place of issue. Each applicant must also pay the correct amount of fees. Pilgrims have the option of providing one check, that combines both fees. Any children between the ages of 7 and 15 should only pay half of the correct amount, and any children below the age of 7 don’t need to pay.
- Any applicant under the legal age of 18 will not be given a Hajj Visa, unless accompanied by his family.
- Any appplicant that has converted to Islam, must provide an Islamic certificate that is authorised by an Islamic Center.
- Vaccination certificates must be carried by travellers for inspection by the Saudi Authority at entry point.
- Any food products will not be allowed into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- The last entry date into the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah for Hajj, is the 4th of Dhul Hijjah each year.
- On arrival, pilgrims must hand their passports to the custody of the Unified Agents Office representatives to enable them to complete all the travel procedures to Makkah and Madinah.
- If any pilgrim loses their passport, the should at once report the loss to the same office that was appointed to take care of them during Hajj. A report in which mentions the loss of passport must then be obtained from the Unified Agents Office by the applicant.
- The pilgrims must leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before the 10th of Muharram of each year. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rules and regulations prohibit’s any pilgrim from staying in the country after the completion of Hajj.
- Visitors should not stay longer than the time mentioned on the visa.
- The Islamic laws and regulations must be followed by the visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and respect its values and traditions.
- The laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against drug trafficking are strictly enforced.
- Severe punishment is applied to violators, which may also include the death penalty.
- Political, sectarian and religious gatherings are forbidden.