ETIHAD AIRWAYS RELEASES HAJJ GUIDELINES FOR 2019

The following conditions must be met in order to comply with regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during Hajj:
•         Hajj flights will commence on 4 July 2019 until midnight of 5 August 2019 – Hajj guests will not be accepted after this date
•         GCC nationals performing Hajj must have an official Hajj permit
•         All non-GCC nationals performing Hajj must have an official Hajj visa and a return ticket
•         All Hajj guests must have a confirmed return flight
•         GCC nationals arriving after the deadline may be accepted if they have a Hajj permit, which must be presented at immigration upon arrival
•         Failure to present a Hajj permit will result in deportation and a fine of SAR 200,000 against Etihad – this applies to all arrivals into Jeddah (JED) and Medina (MED)
•         Hajj visas are not required by GCC nationals travelling via Jeddah (JED) and Medina (MED)
•         Guests travelling for Hajj are not permitted to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Dammam (DMM) or Riyadh (RUH)
•         Etihad Airways shall not transport females under the age of 45 for Hajj unless accompanied by relatives listed on their Hajj visas
•         In the event of violating this requirement, females shall be returned to the country they arrived from on the same flight and all associated costs shall be borne by Etihad
•         Hajj landing cards will be distributed at Abu Dhabi (AUH) and all Hajj guests must complete their Hajj landing cards prior to arriving in Jeddah (JED)
•         Each pilgrim is permitted to carry a maximum of five litres of Zamzam water

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