umrah

New umrah visa fees reportedly in place

South African umrah operators have been informed of a new umrah visa fee by their respective Saudi Arabian counterparts. On Thursday, it was reported that the Saudi Ministry of Hajj announced an additional 2,000 riyal (about R7000) would be charged for umrah visas for those who travelled for umrah in[…]

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Busy umrah season for Ramadan

While Muslims around the world observe Ramadan while going about their days, a lucky few are venturing to the holy cities of Makkah and Madina to perform Umrah. Ramadan being the busiest period of the year for the Umrah pilgrimage, thousands of mu’tamireen flocks to the holy lands, where Saudi[…]

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Umrah vaccination cards process delayed

Individuals embarking on pilgrimage have once again been met with confusion, as vaccination documentation required for Saudi Arabian visa approvals has recently not been readily available. Following weeks of discussion about the increase in visa charges, last week the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) voiced concern at the[…]

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Going home, and never returning

Hajj Stories by Doctor Salim Parker ‘I need to go home,’ I told my friend. He smiled and nodded understandingly. He lived in Madinah and whenever he left the city for whatever reason, he always could not wait to return home. I had just arrived in Madinah having completed Hajj[…]

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No to umrah boycott

Two meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg to discuss the umrah fee hike have unanimously agreed that umrah should not be boycotted. On Sunday, hundreds of concerned residents gathered in both cities to call for the visa increases to be scrapped. Saudi Arabia has increased visas from 350 riyals to[…]

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