Travellers must book flights and accommodation through government website
Saudi Arabia has introduced new rules in the lead up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage requiring travellers from western countries to apply for a place to attend.
Once approved, they must book their flights and hotels directly with the Saudi government.
Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Ministry confirmed that pilgrims from Europe, America and Australia would need to apply via its Motawif website.
The ministry has not announced when the draw will happen but advised prospective pilgrims to request refunds from tour operators and travel agents for bookings that have already been made.
In April 2022, Saudi Arabia announced that it would reopen to Hajj pilgrims, but only allow one million triple-vaccinated pilgrims.
Those aged over 65 are not permitted to apply.
For more information, visit www.motawif.com.sa/home/en-eu