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Qatar issues fresh Hajj Permits directives for expats

23 February 2023

The Hajj and Umrah Department at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) announced fresh directives for residents wishing to perform Hajj this year.

All those seeking a Hajj permit should have completed at least two doses of Covid19 vaccination. It is mandatory for pilgrims to declare both vaccination dates for first and second shots, and attach proof of vaccination with the application.

The department stipulated that the age of expats in Qatar, should be no less than 40 years, with 10 years residency in Qatar. For Qatari nationals, and GCC residents residing in Qatar, the age is no less than 18.

The applicant will have to submit an ID card number with the card’s expiry date at the website http://hajj.gov.qa accompanied by their phone number.
The applicant will receive a message in his phone number containing a link that would redirect them to a page where they could finalize their application in which both passport and email should be provided alongside the other necessary details.

The applicant should also mention if they have any other individuals accompanying them, and include it in the application before they finally save and submit.  On submission, the applicant will be given a number that can be used to track the status of the application online.

The website began accepting applications at 8am on 12th February 2023, and is likely to continue for a month. Results will be announced a week to ten days after closing date.

The official at the ministry said it would try its best to monitor the cost of Hajj package offered by certified Hajj travel agencies to help those wishing to perform their holy duty. 

Application is open to “as many people as possible” the Ministry said, with the final number of Hajj-goers being subject to the official allowed quota as suggested by the Saudi Arabian government.


Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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