The government of Saudi Arabia has reduced the cost of Hajj and Umrah this year. Hajj and Umrah Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Service Under Secretary Dr. According to Amr Bin Reda Al Madda, this year’s Hajj package is 30 percent less than last year. Also the cost of insurance for foreign Umrah pilgrims has been reduced by 63 percent. News from Saudi Gadgets and Gulf News.

According to Al Madda, domestic categories are divided on the basis of service providers. The decision will be made according to the service quality of the camp.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has announced that more than 90 percent of economic Hajj packages have been sold so far this year. In addition, the cost of Umrah has been brought down to 87 Saudi Riyals instead of 235 Saudi Riyals from January 10.

Insurance policy for Umrah is a comprehensive policy that covers Umrah pilgrims from different Muslim countries of the world including Bangladesh. This includes visa procedures and emergency cases such as treatment, admission, hospitalization, pregnancy, emergency delivery, emergency dental cases, traffic accident injuries, dialysis cases and internal and external medical transfers etc.

This insurance mainly covers general cases like accidental permanent disability, death due to natural calamities, repatriation of the body of the deceased and compensation for lawsuits issued by court judgments. This includes flight delay compensation and flight cancellation compensation.

Umrah pilgrims can visit Rahman’s comprehensive insurance program for guests website to view the Umrah insurance policy, verify its validity and know the service providers.

Earlier last week, the ministry said domestic pilgrims have the option to pay for their Haj package in three installments instead of paying the full amount upfront, as was required earlier.

To reserve their place, prospective pilgrims must make a partial payment of 20 percent of the total cost within 72 hours of registration. The second installment of 40 percent must be paid by 7/7/1444 Hijri and the remaining 40 percent must be paid by 10/10/1444 Hijri.

Each payment will have a separate invoice, and the Hajj status will be ‘confirmed’ if the payment is made on time. If the payment is not completed, the reservation will be cancelled. Saudi Arabia has also lifted all restrictions on the Hajj pilgrimage after the coronavirus pandemic reduced the size of the annual event for three years.

The minister in charge of Hajj, Tawfiq Al Rabiyah, said the number of pilgrims will return to pre-pandemic figures with age limits, restrictions, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

Before the pandemic, about 2.5 million Muslims from around the world usually gathered each year for the Hajj, Islam’s largest congregation in the holy city of Mecca. In 2020, only a few thousand residents of the state performed Hajj under strict social distancing measures, and in 2021, nearly 60,000 residents participated.

About 1 million pilgrims performed the Hajj last year after it was reopened to foreign Muslims.

(January 17)