Monday, 5 February 2018

Muis appoints travel agents for Hajj 2018

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has appointed five individual travel agents and seven lead consortium travel agents as general sales agents (GSAs) to offer Hajj packages for 2018 (1439). Muis is in the process of notifying pilgrims whose registration numbers fall within the official quota (800) to choose their preferred Hajj package.

Prospective Singaporean pilgrims may choose from a total of 30 Hajj packages. Ten of these are short packages with the duration of stay ranging from 13 to 22 days. Eighteen of these are intermediate-trip packages with the duration of stay between 24 to 31 days. The remaining two packages offer stays ranging from 32 to 35 days.

The average Hajj package costs around S$11,500 (double occupancy). The lowest package price is S$6,995 (quad occupancy). All package prices quoted include emergency medical assistance (EMA) but exclude airfare and prevailing taxes. KSA has also imposed a 5% value added tax (VAT) on all goods and services in the country from 1 January 2018. This tax has been included in the Hajj packages for 2018. Despite the tax, all prices remain stable and competitive, Muis

Muis advises prospective pilgrims to evaluate Hajj packages carefully based on individual needs and affordability. Prospective pilgrims are strongly advised not to make any payments to the approved GSAs until they receive the Haj Package Selection Letter from Muis. Pilgrims are also advised to read and understand the contents of the Haj Package Purchase Contract. GSAs have been requested to explain in full details to prospective pilgrims before confirming and signing each contract.


Get the list of authorised travel agents and approved Hajj packages for 2018


Read the Suroor Asia blog posts about VAT in KSA and Hajj statistics in 2017