GCC Citizens Cannot Perform Hajj As Domestic Pilgrims

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has stated that Hajj pilgrims from GCC nations currently residing in Saudi Arabia would not be permitted to apply for seats reserved for companies and establishments of domestic pilgrims during the current Hajj season.

It has been stated that Gulf nationals can register for Hajj through their respective diplomatic missions.

Only pilgrims with a Saudi ID or a valid residency (Iqama) during the registration period, which ends on the 17th of the month of Dhul Hijjah 1444, can sign up for this year’s Hajj.

Pilgrims who did Hajj in the past can do it again this year as long as they sign up as a male guardian (Mahram) of a woman, like a husband, brother, father, or son.

The Ministry said that the organization for domestic Hajj pilgrims has the right to add extra, paid services to the announced Hajj packages through the e-track.

Pilgrims can choose one of these packages and pay any extra fees through the Hajj program when they sign up.

After making a reservation, Hajj pilgrims won’t be able to change the Hajj facility, according to the Ministry.

The Ministry has said that the option to buy animal sacrifices (Adahi, Hadi) has been taken out of the packages until further notice.