As responsible citizens, we are bound to stay away from spreading any form of unverified rumors and urge others also to do so, in connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, says Mohamed Mubarak, Founder goimomi.com .This tough times too would pass away soon and together we fight for the same, he added.
goimomi.com has been expressing its social responsibility by organising various awareness programs for the safety of the Hajj pilgrims continuously like one on 26th March, 2019 at Chennai in association with Tamilnadu State Haj Committee, Tamilnadu Haj Service Society & Tamilnadu Haj Organisers Association. As a part of our such responsibility, despite the nationwide and global lockdown due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, goimomi.com has taken awareness campaign initiative to keep the pilgrims informed about the real situation on ground so as to safeguard them from panic due to rumour mongering.
The current COVID-19 crisis means that there is uncertainty in many industries, the Hajj and Umrah industry is no different.
Travel agents may not yet be in the possession of all the answers regarding Hajj and Umrah, which makes it even more important to ensure you are protected. We want to ensure pilgrimages are safe and that pilgrims don’t lose money.
On the 27th February the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah announced the temporary suspension of Umrah until further notice due to fears over the Coronavirus (COVID19) spreading.
There is no specific date set by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to resume Umrah until now, this includes during the month of Ramadan. As such you should contact your travel agent to discuss options. If they are unable to fulfil the trip, then under the Package Travel Regulations you are entitled to a full refund.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has processed refunds for all fees for Muslims issued with Umrah visas but could not arrive due to the temporary suspension of Umrah.
On Tuesday 31st March 2020, the Minister of Haj & Umrah announced that Saudi Arabia is exerting all its efforts to fight Coronavirus and urges Muslims to wait until there is more clarity about the Coronavirus pandemic, before planning to attend the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
If you were planning to go for Hajj, until further instructions are received from the Saudi Authorities.
If you have an existing booking we advise you not make any decisions just yet and wait for further information and guidance. However at this point, we do advise you to hold off from making any further instalment payments on existing bookings until further information is released.
In the meantime, check that you have booked with an Approved Hajj Group Organiser who is licensed by the Ministry of Minority Affairs – Hajj Division. Do not risk your hard earned money by booking with an unapproved organiser. Approved organiser means that, the organiser is into Haj and umrah business for more than 5 years, all his documents are verified by government body, organiser’s performance are monitored by governments and lot more.
If you have booked with your state Hajj Committee, the haj committee of India is constantly monitoring the situation and updates from saudi government and shall update the pilgrims accordingly. We wish no cancellation fee is charged if the pilgrim wants to cancel at this pandemic situation.
Booking a Pilgrimage Package
We hereby advice the Hajj/Umrah operator partners and pilgrims to follow the below mentioned guidelines in order to be on the safer side, once the bookings for Umrah and Hajj 2020 are opened by Saudi authorities after validating the Covid-19 pandemic situation:
- Only ever book with Hajj Umrah Group Organisers, who are Ministry of Hajj & Umrah Licensed.
- Insist that you get full information of the package you are opting for. Do not wait until the money is paid or until instalments are cleared, this may be too late. You need the information immediately.
- If you have ANY concerns at all then seek advice from any of the parties listed below.
For further help and support: