(MENAFN- The Peninsula) khalid elsawi |
Doha: The Hajj and Umrah Department at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf), in a press conference, announced new directives for residents wishing to perform Hajj for this year.
All those wishing to apply for a Hajj permit must have completed their two doses of Covid-19 vaccination. It is mandatory for the pilgrims to declare both vaccination dates for the first and second shots, as well as attach proof of vaccination with the application.
The department stipulated that the age for expats in Qatar must be no less than 40 years of age, with 10 years of residency in Qatar. For Qatari nationals and GCC residents residing in Qatar, the age is no less than 18.
Director of the Department of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs Ali bin Sultan Al Misifri (L)
The applicant must provide an ID card number with the card's expiration date at the hajj.gov.qa website accompanied by their phone number.
A message will then be sent to the applicant's phone containing a link that would redirect them to the page where they could finalize their application in which both passport and email must be provided along with other required details.
The applicant will also be asked if they have any other individuals accompanying them who could be added to the application before they are able to finally save and submit. Once submitted the applicant will receive a number which can then be used to track the application status online.
The website will start accepting applications on Monday, February 12, 2023, at 8am, and will last for an entire month until March 12, 2023. Results are expected to be announced from one week to ten days after the closing date.
The ministry official further stated that it would try its best to monitor the Hajj package cost offered by certified Hajj travel agencies to help those wishing to perform their holy duty.
Application is 'open to as many people as possible' said the ministry, with the final number of total hajj-goers being subject to the official allowed quota sent by the Saudi Arabian government.
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