Visa fees

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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Top 10 developments for Cape Muslims in 2016

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[…]

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KSA makes visa fee amendment: reports

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[…]

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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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