We also wish to indicate that Hajj
visas are granted gratis to all Muslim pilgrims and
is NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT.
Each applicant for a Hajj visa
must apply through a
America travel agency
has to present the consulate with copies of “Accommodation
Contacts” and a letter of the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia
confirming that the travel agency has duly completed all
requirements to qualify to assist pilgrims.
Applications for Hajj will be not be considered if the following
requirements are not complete:
Passport— Passport or legal travel documents valid for at
least six month and acceptable both for entry to Saudi
Arabia and entry to next destination. Passport of legal
travel documents must have a minimum of two blank pages.
Photos— Two (2) recent passport photographs with white
size 4 cm x 6 cm. Face of applicant must cover at least 70 -
80% of the space.
Form ( Acrobat file, 186K
) — A completely filled
application form for Hajj visas singed and stamped by the
travel agency. Original or legible photocopies of the Visa
Application Forms are acceptable.
Each applicant must be in
possession of a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with
Meningitis vaccination certificate— Each applicant must
submit proof of vaccination against meningitis and ACYW 135.
All pilgrims must carry these certificates to Saudi Arabia
for inspection by the Saudi Arabian Passport Authority.
Children from the age of two (2) and above must take a dose
of the A/C vaccine and those between the ages three (3)
months and two (2) years must take two doses of the A
vaccine, which requires an interval of three months between
Mahram— All ladies are required to travel for Hajj with a
Mahram. Proof of relationship of the Mahram must be
submitted. Ladies over the age of forty five (45) can travel
without a Mahram with an organized group. She must, however,
submit a no objection letter from her husband, son or
brother, authorizing her travel for Hajj with the named
group. Such letter should be notarized by a notary public.
The Mahram should write his complete information on the
applications of wife and children, or any other relative
whom he's traveling with. Marriage and birth certificates
issued outside of the US should be translated and notarized
from a certified translation office.
Bank Drafts— There is no fee for the
Hajj Visa . However, each pilgrim should submit two
checks payable to “Unified Agents Office”
in Jeddah for pilgrimage services. Checks should include the
name of the pilgrim and his/her passport number. Each visa
applicant must pay the following fees:
U.S. $158.40 for services rendered by the local
tawaf agencies and for housing at the Hholy sites.
U.S. $116 for air-conditioned transportation services or
U.S. $92 for non-air-conditioned transportation
services. Children between the ages of seven 7 and
fifteen 15 years old pay only half of the above amount.
Children under the age of seven 7 enter gratis.
Non-U.S. citizens must submit
a copy of their Green Card or other form of proof that the
applicant is a legal resident of the United States . Saudi
Arabian Passport Authority will return any pilgrim granted a
Hajj visa from the U.S. who is not a legal resident of the
United States .
Males under the legal age will not be granted a Hajj visa if
not accompanied by their family.
- No food products are
allowed to be imported in the Kingdom by pilgrims.
Last Day to enter King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah for the
purpose of Hajj is 4 Dhu Al-Hijjah 1424H ( January 26, 2004
Last day to travel from Jeddah to Madinah by car is 26 Dhu
Al-Quada, 1424H ( January 18, 2003 ), by plane is 2 Dhu
Al-Hijjah, 1424H ( January 24, 2004 ).
Last Day to travel from Madinah to Makkah by car before Hajj
is 5 Dhu Al-Hijjah, 1424H ( January 27, 2004 ), and to
travel from Madinah to Jeddah is 6 Dhu Al-Hijjah, 1424H (
January 28, 2004 ).
Pilgrims are advised to carry with them to Saudi Arabia ten
(10) small size (1 inch x 1 inch) photos for use with ID
cards to be issued to them in Saudi Arabia .
Pilgrims must carry with them sufficient amount of money to
cover their expenses. This amount can be in the form of
travelers' checks or international bank drafts.
Upon arrival, pilgrims shall hand their passports to the
custody of the “Unified Agents Office” representatives to
enable the latter to complete all formalities of travel to
Makkah and Madinah.
In case a pilgrim should lose his passport, he should
immediately report the loss to the office appointed upon his
arrival to take care of him during the Hajj. Me must obtain
a certificate from the office of the Unified Agents, in
which the loss of the passport is mentioned.
All pilgrims must leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after
Hajj no later than 10 Muharram, 1425H ( March 1, 2004 ). The
rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia forbid any pilgrim
from staying in the country after the completion of Hajj.
Saudi Authorities will be notified about travel agencies
that don't follow the rules and regulations of Hajj visa
requirements and insists on presenting incomplete
The laws and regulations of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that all pilgrims entering the
Kingdom for Hajj comply with and respect the laws, moral values
and customs of Saudi Arabia. It is forbidden to smuggle any
prohibited items such as alcohol, drugs, narcotics, pornographic
material, audio or videotapes, or films. Any type of illegal
drugs and narcotics for personal use or distribution is
punishable by death. Sectarian, political or religious
gatherings are forbidden.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
in Washington DC takes this opportunity to wish all pilgrims:
A HAPPY HAJJ
AND A SAFE RETURN.