Saudi Arabia launches yet another initiative over the Hajj and Umrah Visas
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia launches yet another initiative over the Hajj and Umrah Visas for the women.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is mulling possibility of allowing women to perform Hajj without a male guardian.
According to *Arab News*, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is conducting researches to issue visit visas for both tourism and Umrah purposes, and this process is expected to pave the way for allowing women to come without the need for a *mahram *(male guardian).
In order to perform pilgrimage, women are currently required to travel with a male guardian or be met by him on arrival in the kingdom, however, women over the age of 45 may travel without a *mahram* if they are in an organised tour group.
This development comes in the line with a number of other reforms made in the Hajj and Umrah sector recently.