Saudi Arabia Lowers Umrah Cost in 2023 For Foreign Pilgrims

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The government of Saudi Arabia decided to reduce the cost of Hajj insurance for foreign pilgrims by 73 percent, the insurance which was originally SR109 reduce to SR29.

It is also  for Umrah insurance, which reduced by 63 percent, from SR235 to SAR87.

The insurance policy for Hajj and Umrah is a unified policies that is covered by those who come to carry out the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage from outside Saudi Arabia. It is useful in cases of emergency for pilgrims while in the Kingdom such as hospitalization, emergency childbirth, including death to returning the body of the deceased to its home country.

Pilgrims can visit the website of the Comprehensive Insurance Program for Rahman Guests to view Umrah insurance policies, verify their legitimacy, and find out services providers.

During the opening ceremony of the “Hajj Expo 2023” conference and exhibition in Jeddah on Tuesday, January 10, Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq F Al Rabiah, also said that the Umrah visa duration was extended from 30 days to 90 days starting from the day of entering the Kingdom.

Furthermore, Al Rabiah explained that starting this year all Hajj missions could contract with any licensed company in Saudi Arabia. This is different from previous years, which were limited to only a few selected companies.

Previously the Minister of Hajj had announced that the Hajj quota for 1444 H/2023 M would return to normal as in 2019, or before the COVID-19 period.

He emphasized that all ages can depart for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, including pilgrims over 65 years of age who were previously banned.

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is organizing the Hajj Expo 2023 event from 9-12 January 2023 with the aim of building an ecosystem of services and innovative solutions in providing better services to pilgrims while enhancing their worship and cultural experience.

What is the new cost of Hajj insurance for foreign pilgrims in Saudi Arabia?

Foreign pilgrims’ Hajj insurance costs have been cut by 73 percent, from SR109 to SR29, by the Saudi government.

How much has the cost of Umrah insurance been reduced by?

Umrah insurance costs have dropped by 63 percent, from SR235 to SAR87.

How long is the visa duration for Umrah now?

Starting from the day of entry into the Kingdom, the visa duration for Umrah has been extended to 90 days.

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