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Saudi Arabia allows women under 45 years old to perform Hajj and Umrah without ‘mahram’

Saudi Arabia will now allow women under 45 years old to travel without a mahram [male guardian] to perform the Hajj and Umrah rites.

According to new guidelines by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry for Hajj and Umrah, men aged below 40-year-old can now travel to the Kingdom without family for Umrah while women over the age of 45 will be permitted to perform Umrah without the presence of a male guardian, known as a mahram.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), according to a statement issued by the Saudi embassy in Karachi, has relaxed travel restrictions for Umrah pilgrims.

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According to the official handout, male pilgrims under the age of 40 can travel to Saudi Arabia without their families for Umrah, while female pilgrims under the age of 45 can travel to Saudi Arabia without a mahram (male guardian).

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The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah previously issued rules for women traveling to Mecca without male guardians. According to Saudi authorities, a woman who wishes to travel without a mahram (male guardian) can obtain an Umrah visa if she is at least 45 years old.

According to the government, local travel agents would also be required to form a women-only organization for the purpose.

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Last year’s Hajj was made easier for women in a similar manner. Saudi authorities announced that women would be permitted to make the pilgrimage without the presence of a male relative.

Following a new legal amendment, Saudi women “can now live on their own without requiring the consent” of a mahram, the country announced in June last year.

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