Mumbai: The Haj Committee of India will start receiving application for Haj 2017 from Monday January 02, 2017 onwards, the committee said in an official announcement.
The last date to submit the appropriately filled Haj Application Form (HAF) with requisite documents is January 24, 2017.
The Haj Committee also said that Haj Application form can be downloaded from its website and can also be obtained free of cost from State/Union Territory Haj Committees.
"A booklet containing guidelines and instructions of Haj 2017 will also be provided free of cost", the committee said.
The Haj Committee of India also requested the applicants to read carefully the instructions given in the booklet before filling the Haj Application Forms (HAF).
The Haj Committee of India also said that the applicant should have a machine readable valid Indian International Passport issued on or before January 24, 2017 and valid till February 28, 2018.
The Haj Committee of India will accept forms online as well as offilne or in person.
Once the application process starts on January 02, 2017, the Haj Application Form (HAF) can be downloaded by following the steps given as under:
- Go to Haj Committee of India website by clicking here: www.hajcommittee.gov.in
- Search for 'Haj - 2017 Reltaed Downloads' section in the left of the home page
- Click on 'Download Haj Application Form 2017' link
- The Haj Appication Form 2017 should appear on your screen in PDF form
- Fill it, submit it and take a printout for future reference
The government has earlier launched a new trilingual website to provide all information related to Haj and also accept online application forms for the pilgrimage. The information in the website -- www.haj.gov.in -- can be accessed in Urdu, Hindi and English languages.
According to Ministry of Minority Affairs, the website will facilitate online application for Haj apart from giving information about the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Haj Department, rules and regulations of Haj, the Haj Committee of India and private tour operators.
The website also lists the Dos and Don'ts during the Haj and features a short film informing about various aspects of the pilgrimage, he added.