Pilgrims will be able to pay for their Hajj and Umrah costs in installments, announced the Haj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia.
In efforts to make the holy pilgrimage available for all, the ministry has introduced the payments in installments for those who wish to perform Umrah or Hajj.
However, this offer is now open for Saudi Pilgrims only, with plans to be opened for International pilgrims as well.
Following the successful implementation of the 2022/1443H Hajj season last month, now the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia is reportedly preparing to open Hajj registration for the next season, the 2023/1444H Hajj season for domestic pilgrims.
The opening of Hajj registration, which is planned to begin in the month of Hijri Safar (September), is certainly quite interesting as it will be the first time the Ministry opens Hajj registration so early.
In addition to the news that the Hajj registration will be opened early, at the same time, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also announced that pilgrims can register for the annual pilgrimage in installments. The Ministry said that the installment policy only applies to Saudi pilgrims. Meanwhile, updates on international pilgrims will be available soon.
To discuss the mechanism for registering domestic pilgrims as part of early preparations for the next Hajj season, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah held a meeting with the Coordinating Council for Domestic Pilgrims and representatives from the Business Solutions platform on Thursday.
One of the discussion results stipulates the method of paying for the costs of leaving for Hajj and Umrah for domestic pilgrims with the installment policy.
Although it has not explained details such as which Saudi authorities will be responsible for handling the payment of Hajj and Umrah in installments, it has been regulated that prospective pilgrims can pay the payment in two installments.
The program is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air for pilgrims so that they can carry out their rituals with ease and comfort in accordance with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 to improve the experience of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.