Hajj is Fard once in the lifetime upon all those Muslims who have resources to perform it. Hajj is especially very easy for those people who are living in Saudi Arabia on Iqama as they don’t have to face all the hardships of traveling.
In 2015, Ministry of Hajj launched an online procedure to apply for Hajj for the residents of Saudi Arabia. Now, this is the only procedure to apply for Hajj as the manual procedure has been obsoleted.
Hajj for Visit Visa Holders: It is important to mention here that people coming to Saudi Arabia on a visit visa cannot apply for Hajj using this procedure. They have to go back to their home country and apply for Hajj from there. Recommended: How to get Low-Cost Hajj Package in Saudi Arabia?
Hajj Eligibility: If you want to apply for Hajj online, first of all, you should check if you are eligible to apply for Hajj this year. As per rules, you can perform hajj once every 5 years. So, check if you are eligible to perform Hajj this year through this link “Check Eligibility for Hajj through MOI”
5 Stages to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: This year the Ministry of Hajj has launched a little different procedure to Apply for Hajj. The procedure has been divided into 5 parts or steps. 3 Steps will be performed from 15th of Ramadan to 30th of Shawwal and the remaining two steps would be performed from 1st of Thulqida to 7th of Dhul Hijjah.
Step 1 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: The first step of Online Procedure to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia is to open the web portal of Ministry of Hajj. You can open it through this link http://localhaj.haj.gov.sa/ The page will be opened in Arabic; you need to change the language to English.
Here you enter the city from where you want to perform Hajj. Select “Normal Fare” at the end and click on submit button. It is important to mention here that children under 5 years of age don’t need Hajj permit if the mother is performing Hajj.
At the end, you need to select the date on which you want to leave Mina. Pilgrims may choose the Nafra by choosing the suitable program which indicates the Nafra (12th Dhul Hijja, or 13th Dhul Hijja) and they are obliged to leave Mina accordingly.
There will be additional charges if you want to leave Mina on 13 of Dhul Hijja. Recommended: Do I need to be present in Saudi Arabia to apply for Hajj?
Step 2 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: A new screen will be opened where you can find quotations from many hajj operators. You can explore this data in a way you want. You can sort it on the basis of price, category, the name of Hajj operator.
I have sorted it on the basis of Price. As you can see one company is offering minimum price of SR 6,833/. You can click on the “Details” button to know about the facilities they are offering.
A new page will open with all the details related to the package. I would suggest you read all these details.
For example, in the package I am looking right now for blogging purpose, Arafat tents are not with AC. I would not accept it at all. If you are satisfied with any of the agents listed on the screen, add them to your favorites.
In the next screen, you will have to enter your Iqama number and Date of Birth. You can enter the date of birth either in Hijri or Gregorian Calendar. Click on the green button to continue.
Step 3 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: In the next screen, the system will ask you if you want to add your dependents to the list of applicants. Select “Yes” if you want to do it.
You need to enter the Iqama number, the date of birth and the Gender of your dependent on this screen. Once you are done with this process, just click on the submit button.
In the last phase of Step 3, you need to add at least 1 and maximum 5 Hajj agents to your favorites. Please review these Hajj Service Agents carefully as you will be allowed to select only 1 of them later on.
After this, you are done with the process of applying for Hajj at this point in time. You will be able to proceed to Step 4 and Step 5 after 1st Dhul Qaeda.
Step 4 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: After 1st of Dhul Qaeda, you would be able to check the availability of the package with your all of your favorite Hajj agents and book from it.
Step 5 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia: In the next step, you would be required to enter the credentials for pilgrims. Once the credentials are validated, you would be prompted to the window to pay for the Hajj package through SADAD. Once the payment is made, your Hajj registration will complete.
We shall come up with detailed guidelines of Step 4 and Step 5 to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia once they are launched on the Ministry of Hajj website.