Qataris, GCC citizens and residents who plan to go to Hajj from Qatar are required to apply online through the Department of Hajj and Umrah website at the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs throughout the month of Sha’ban.
In recent years, Saudi Arabia has cut down the visa quotas granted to different nations to better accommodate pilgrims. As of 2015 there are 1,200 seats for Qatar out of which 900 are for citizens and 300 for expatriates.
Every year, Qatar’s Ministry of Endowment and Islamic affairs (Awqaf) forms the Qatari Hajj Mission which selects the eligible candidates for the Hajj seats. The online registration for aspiring pilgrims is done through www.hajj.gov.qa.
Eligible candidates will be chosen through an electronic draw and informed through text messages. Even though the registration is closed for the year, those who have applied can check the status through this link.
This year a total of 19,000 people – citizens and expatriates – from Qatar have applied for the 1,200 seats. The number of applicants is higher compared to last year by 4,000.
For those who are planning to apply next year, here are the requirements :
- The principal male applicant (for Hajj) should be 18 years of age or older.
- The accompanied person should be 16 years of age or older.
Residents from other countries:
- Should have been a resident of the country for at least three years.
- Did not perform Hajj within the past five years.
- The principal male applicant (for Hajj) and the accompanied male should be eighteen years of age or older.
- The principal female applicant (for Hajj) should be forty-five years of age or older.
- The accompanied female should be eighteen years of age or older.
- The principal female applicant (for Hajj) who is younger than forty-five years of age should have a male non-marriageable relative.
- Visit the Department of Hajj and Umrah website.
- Enter your personal information accurately and verify your validity to ensure the acceptance of the application.
- Upon completing the registration process, the applicant will receive a message including a password to log in to the website in case of including associates, on condition that the resident or the associate has resided in Qatar for three years or more.
Requirements for Residents from other countries after obtaining the approval:
- A copy of the original passport.
- 2 photos (3 X 4) with a white background.
- The Hajj visa reference number.
- The original check.
- The passport validity should be at least six months after the end of the Hajj season. It should also be valid to enter to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- His Qatari residency should be valid.
- No objection certificate from his sponsor, or an annual leave letter from his employer.
- Proof of relation with the accompanying non-marriageable relative.
The website of the Department of Hajj and Umrah includes all the conditions and instructions of the registration process, the required documents in addition to educational brochures on Hajj rituals, the specifications of the services provided to pilgrims by air and land contractors and bulletins on disease prevention, safety and risks.
Qatar residents who are not approved can still apply to attend Hajj through their home countries. Since they cannot get visa from Qatar, they will have to travel to Hajj from their home country and join a local Hajj company there.