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[…]
2016 has definitely been a year of many up’s and even more downs. Rafieka Williams has a look at the 10 most significant developments in the Cape Muslim community. New MJC President In April, the Muslim Judicial Council announced Shaykh Irfaan Abrahams as the new president following a vote taken at the[…]
While the South African Haj and Umrah Council(Sahuc) said it has not received official communication from the Saudi Kingdom, some umrah operators are reporting that the Ministry of Hajj has made concessions to its haj and umrah visa rules. Online messages doing the rounds state that visas will be free[…]
A delegation from the Anti Visa Fee Committee SA (AVC SA) met senior officials of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) today. The committee raised its serious concern about the excessive visa fees that have just been implemented worldwide. “We also stressed that in addition to Hajj and[…]
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[…]
As a meeting got underway in Cape Town, at the same time hundreds of Muslims met in Crosby, Johannesburg on Sunday to voice their opposition at the introduction of excessive visa fees for hajj and umrah. The Saudi Arabia Government recently announced the introduction of visa fees of SR 2000,[…]
With the increase in the price of haj over the last few years, the recent amendments to visa fees in Saudi Arabia might be considered good news to those saving for the spiritual journey. As reported by Al-Arabiya, the Ministry of Haj has indicated that the new fee structure, which[…]
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