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Travelling for Hajj and Umrah with Emirates

Smooth travel for Hajj and Umrah

Millions of Muslims are travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. We’re making the journey smooth and comfortable by offering special Hajj services and adding specific Hajj flights to our schedules exclusively for pilgrims. 

Emirates extra Hajj flights to Jeddah and Medina will operate between 9 May 2024 and 10 June 2024, and from 20 June 2024 to 21 July 2024. Find out more about our Hajj services, Hajj visas to enter Saudi Arabia, and which travellers are eligible to book Hajj flights.

During Ramadan, we also operate additional flights for Umrah.

We recommend you allow as much as 5 hours for connecting flights. For international departures from Saudi Arabia, check-in will open 4 hours before departure.

Travel in comfort for Hajj
  • Airport services for Hajj

    We have a specialist team just for our customers travelling through Dubai International airport for Hajj. If you’re transiting in Dubai, our specialist Hajj team will meet you at the arrival gate and assist you in the airport process through to your departure gate.

  • Hajj services on board

    On the flight, we will announce when you have entered Al Miqat zones so you can prepare for Ihram. We’re also offering extra blankets and unperfumed hot towels, and our lavatories offer space to perform ablution.

  • Islamic programmes on board

    During your flight to Saudi Arabia, you can watch our special Hajj film. You can learn about safety during Hajj, the formalities, and all your essential information about performing the Hajj pilgrimage. You can also choose our Holy Quran channel on your ice inflight entertainment.

Health requirements for Hajj and Umrah

Please read the full health requirements(Opens an external website in a new tab) including vaccination details for entering Saudi Arabia.

Travelling with holy water (zamzam)

If you’re travelling to perform Hajj or Umrah and your itinerary includes Madinah or Jeddah, you may pack up to five litres of Islamic Holy Water of zamzam in addition to your checked-in baggage allowance. Just make sure to package the zamzam water appropriately in a sealed container and it will be carried in a special area of the cargo hold.

Hajj and Umrah visas and travel eligibility

Information about travelling for Hajj

Except for Umrah visa holders, anyone can travel to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj period, but you will need to hold the correct visa. If you are travelling on one of our special Hajj flights, you will need to hold a Hajj visa and you can only travel within the time period we’ve shown below. 

You can find out how to apply for a Hajj visa to enter Saudi Arabia here(Opens an external website in a new tab)

Group travel for Hajj

Group leaders must give their contact details in Saudi Arabia at check-in.

If group leaders are unable to provide contact details in Saudi Arabia before departure, they must contact Emirates on arrival in Saudi Arabia and provide their local contact details.

Travel to Jeddah and Medina 10 June and 20 June 2024

Hajj Pilgrims can only travel to Jeddah or Medina up until midnight 10 June 2024 (4 Dhul’Hijjah 1445H) 23:59GMT. Travel for Hajj after this time is not permitted, even with a valid Hajj visa (please see the exceptions below). 

Customers with the following visas will be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia up to the 15 June 2024 (09th Dhul’Hijjah 1445H):

  • Guests of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Program for Hajj and Umrah. 
  • Guests of the Ministry of Media who will cover Hajj season 1445H/2024.


Eligibility for Emirates Hajj flights to Jeddah or Medina

Check your eligibility to travel on our specific Hajj flights or on our usual scheduled flights to Jeddah and Medina.

PassengerFlights to Jeddah (JED)Flights to Medina (MED)
Hajj flightsScheduled flightsHajj flightsScheduled flights
Saudi nationalsNoYesNoYes
GCC nationals (excluding Saudi nationals)Yes*YesYes*Yes
Non-GCC nationals YesYesYesYes
Muslims holding a visit or business visaNoYesNoYes
Non-Muslims holding a visit or business visaNoYesNoYes
Operating terminalArriving to/departing from Haj Terminal in JeddahArriving to/departing from Terminal 1 in JeddahMadinah TerminalMadinah Terminal

*GCC nationals booked on Hajj flights must hold Tasreeh of Hajj (Hajj permit) to be accepted for travel 

Travel for Umrah

If you’re travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah at any time of year, you must have a specific Umrah visa. Acceptability and visa rules are subject to change according to the Saudi Arabia authorities.

During Ramadan, we operate additional flights to Jeddah to accommodate Umrah pilgrims in this busy travel period. Any one with an Umrah visa can travel on our additional flights.

Travel to Saudi Arabia is restricted for Umrah visa holders during the Hajj period. If you are travelling on an Umrah visa, you must depart Saudi Arabia by 6 June 2024 (29 Dhul-Qa'dah 1445H).