Rates and Additional Information Unveiled for Hajj 2024 Package

The extended-duration Hajj packages provide a stay of 38 to 42 days, encompassing eight days in Madinah. The rates stand at Rs1,065,000 for the South Region (Karachi, Quetta, Sukkur) and Rs1,075,000 for the North Region and other cities. Sponsored category rates are $3,765 for the South and $3,800 for the North.

On the other hand, the short-term Hajj package spans 20 to 25 days, with 3 to 5 days in Madinah, at a cost of Rs362,500 ($1,275) per pilgrim. Regular scheme rates are Rs1,140,000 for the South and Rs1,150,000 for the North, with sponsored rates at $4,015 for the South and $4,050 for the North.

Within the sponsored category, Hajj expenditures vary from $3,645 to $5,220, contingent on the city and facilities. Regular Hajj scheme expenses range from Rs1,030,000 to Rs1,390,000.

The overall cost for the long-term package is Rs355,000 ($1,250) per pilgrim, and for the short-term package, it stands at Rs362,500 ($1,275).

The government has implemented a reduction of 0.1 million rupees in Hajj expenses, ensuring uninterrupted facilities. Pilgrims will be provided with a 30kg suitcase, and female pilgrims will receive a scar featuring the national flag. A newly introduced mobile app will assist pilgrims in navigation and communication in both English and Urdu.

Islamabad and Karachi have been included in Saudi Arabia’s Road to Makkah project, streamlining the immigration process at Karachi airport. To enhance financial accessibility, the government has introduced a 20-day short Hajj package.

A total of 179,000 Hajj seats have been secured by Pakistan, with half reserved for private operators. The Ministry of Religious Affairs oversees private operators to ensure the well-being of pilgrims. Dr. Aneeq highlighted ongoing renovations at the Haji Camp Karachi to improve pilgrimage facilities.

It’s important to note that the announced package does not cover Qurbani expenses, and individuals opting for a shorter stay in Medina receive an additional reduction of Rs35,000 in Hajj expenses.

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