Pegged at official exchange rate
Kurdistan Region Hajj & Umrah Authority sets dinar for fees
Erbil — The Hajj and Umrah Authority in the Kurdistan Region announced on Saturday its decision to exclusively collect Hajj expenses in Iraqi Dinars, in line with practices across other Iraqi cities. The fees will be set according to the Central Bank’s exchange rate of 1320 Iraqi Dinars per US Dollar, not the market rate of 1520 to the dollar.
Pilgrims have a one-week deadline, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, to pay the fees and update their passport details.
This decision followed a meeting led by Niaz Naqshbandi, General Director of Hajj and Umrah in the Kurdistan Region, with office owners from across the region’s governorates and autonomous administrations.
Karzan Stony, a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region’s Hajj and Umrah Authority, told 964media, “Pilgrims must pay within the specified one-week window. Failure to do so will result in losing their spot for this year’s Hajj. We’ve also advised those without passports or with expired ones to renew their documents within the same timeframe.”
Stony emphasized, “The cost for residents of the Kurdistan Region will align with that of other Iraqi cities, ensuring a uniform expense for the pilgrimage across the country.”