A report by The Peninsula has mentioned that 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 2023.
The report said that people wishing to apply for a Hajj permit must have completed their two doses of Covid-19 vaccination. Pilgrims must declare both vaccination dates for the first and second shots, as well as attach proof of vaccination with the application.
The department, as per the report, also mentioned that the age for expats in Qatar must be no less than 40 years, with 10 years of residency in Qatar. For Qatari nationals and GCC residents residing in Qatar, the age is no less than 18.
The applicant must also provide an ID card number with the card's expiration date at the Hajj.gov.qa website, along with their phone number. After this, the applicant will receive a message on the phone containing a link that would redirect them to the page to finalize their application. Passport details and email must be provided along with other required details on the application.
The report also said that the applicant will also be asked if they have any other individuals accompanying them to be added to the application before submitting. The applicant will then receive a number to track the application process.
The website will start accepting applications starting 12 February 2023, 8 am, until 12 March 2023. Results are expected to be announced from 1 week to 10 days after the closing date.
The ministry official, during the press conference, 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. The application is open to as many people as possible, as per the ministry. The final number of total Hajj-goers is subject to the official allowed quota sent by the Saudi Arabian government.
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Source: The Peninsula
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