FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Does anyone accompany the group from the Ireland?
Yes, The Manasik Team will accompany the Muhrims from Dublin. We also have a Saudi team that joins us once we arrive in Saudi Arabia which has years of experience in organising Hajj.
Do you provide any religious guidance?
One of the strengths of our package is that we offer extensive guidance before and during the Hajj tour. We have qualified scholars accompanying us during the hajj trip. A few weeks before departure we arrange a pre-Hajj seminar where guidance is given as well as practical advice for pilgrims. Participants also have an opportunity to ask questions during this one-day programme. We hold regular lectures throughout the tour. Qualified religious guides accompany the tour throughout, offering guidance and answering questions.
How do I book?
We require a completed booking form for each person – booking forms are available upon request. You can email us and we can send it to you via email or address.
I do not have an Irish Passport - Will I get a Visa for Hajj?
You can get a visa but you must have a valid permanent residency with multiple re-entry visa for up to 6 months.
Are the advertised hotels guaranteed?
We only launch our package and publish the brochure once the hotel allocations have been confirmed – all the hotels as advertised are guaranteed.
What is the last date for booking?
A month before the hajj trip – our capacity is limited once we sell the last seat for a particular package, we will not be able to accept any further bookings. Our packages are very popular and sell very quickly – we therefore recommend that you book as soon as possible.
Where are your tents in Mina?
Our tents are based at the European section which is roughly 45 minutes away from the jamaraat.
How do I get my clothes washed?
There are lots of laundrettes near the Haramayn in Makkah & Madinah that will wash and press your clothes, usually within 24 hours, ask one of the Manasik Tours organisers or the hotel reception. The 5 Star hotels provide this service for their guests but it is considerably more expensive.
How much money do I need to take with me?
You should take a few hundred euros with you (depending on how much you wish to spend).
How much does a meal cost?
An average meal would be about 25 riyals approx €5. But depends on where you eat as some places are very cheap where as others are very expensive.
What is the exchange rate?
The exchange rate is around 5 riyals to €1.
Where can I exchange my currency into riyals?
There are many money exchangers dotted around Makkah & Madinah, ask one of the Manasik Tours Ltd. organisers. Five star hotels will normally exchange money but at a lower rate.
What if I get ill?
There are also Hajj medical tents which is where the Muhrims will need to go for treatment. There are many clinics and pharmacies in Makkah, Most medicines are available over the counter in KSA. If you need to go to hospital, you would be entitled to free medical treatment.
How are the men & women accommodated in Mina?
Men and women stay in separate tents in Mina. The men’s and women’s tents are adjacent to each other.
Will I be able to contact my wife in Mina?
Yes, but under no circumstances will men be allowed to enter the women’s tent.
What happens to our suitcases during the Hajj days?
The entire luggage will be kept at the hotels in Makkah and will be accessible during Hajj days because they are booked for the whole trip in Makkah Alhamdulliah.
What kind of clothing should I take?
The weather is generally quite warm, so take light clothes, however in the evenings it can get cold, especially in Madinah so it would be a good idea to take a jumper. Male Muhrims an extra ihram with them.
How do I arrange my sacrifice?
Manasik Tours Ltd. can arrange the sacrifice for you; cost varies from €70-€100 euro depending on the quality and type of Qurbani. You will be given the precise information in Makkah.