The Pilgrims Affairs Office Of Ghana (PAOG) yesterday announced the 2018 Hajj package during a press conference at the Hajj Village.
Chairman of the Hajj Board, Sheikh I.C Quaye, has announced that the fare for this year’s 2018 Hajj pilgrimage is GHȼ15,000.00, an equivalent of $3,450 dollars.
He said the actual fare is GH¢19,500 but the government has absorbed GH¢4,500 of the cost to enable more pilgrims to perform the Hajj.
Sheikh Quaye, who made this known at the official launch of the 2018 Hajj season in Accra, said the board would accept a direct full payment into the Hajj Account with Unibank.
He said some officials of the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana have been assigned to specifically handle those who pay directly to the Board.
He said key amongst these new policies, was the introduction of five percent VAT on goods and services, due to the diversification of the Saudi economy and its consequential implications.
He said pilgrims performing the Hajj more than once shall pay a penalty of GHȼ3,000, chargeable before Visa acquisition.
The rationale, according to Saudi authorities was to prevent multiple performances of Hajj.
He said there was also an increase in social amenities as well as accommodation, transport, flight fares, catering and general service fees, but with the reduction of taxes and interventions, Ghanaian pilgrims are paying the lowest fare.