Books – Youssef Afifi:
Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, approved the controls and procedures regulating the implementation of Umrah trips for the year 1443 AH.
The controls included the rules and procedures for tourism companies executing the trip, as follows:
The tourism company authorized to implement the Umrah programs must comply with the following:
1- Ensuring that the citizen wishing to perform Umrah obtains the necessary vaccine doses based on the approved certificate (QR Code).
2- Prohibition of collecting the value of the Umrah program in any currency other than the Egyptian pound.
3- Reservation of confirmed travel tickets for the pilgrims to go and return, making sure that they are in their possession before heading to the travel ports.
4- Not to send pilgrims to travel ports more than 6 hours before the pre-set date for the trip – which is shown in the program listed on the gate.
5- The necessity of completing all the necessary procedures for the travel of the pilgrims, individually or in groups, before sending them to the ports in sufficient time.
6- Recording the flight data on the Egyptian portal for Umrah, not less than 48 hours before the date of travel.
7- The data of the Umrah program indicated in the contract between the tourism company and the Umrah pilgrim, and which is listed by the tourism company on the Egyptian Umrah portal, is an electronic contract arranged for all its effects and legal obligations in the face of its two parties.
8- The review of the Umrah programs of each tourism company is with the knowledge of the supervisors of this company only, and it is not permissible to borrow the supervisors among the tourism companies each other, with the exception of the case that the two tourism companies are owned by one owner, provided that a signed declaration is submitted by those who have the right to manage and sign on behalf of the company as the representative Its legal (the chairman of the board of directors in the case of capital companies or the general partner who has this right with regard to partnerships).
Without prejudice to the provision of the previous paragraph, the name of the supervisor may be repeated on more than one overlapping Umrah trip on the travel dates specified for each of them, provided that the programs of these trips are on one itinerary, and that the accommodation is in the same area in both Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, provided that the number of Umrah pilgrims does not exceed 135 .
9- Transporting Umrah pilgrims by carriers approved by the competent authorities in the country and registered on the portal.
10- The legal representative of more than one tourism company (the chairman of the board of directors for money companies or the general partner who has the right to manage and sign for people companies, as the case may be) may carry out Umrah trips under one documented agency contract, in order to counteract the decrease in the number of Saudi agents for this season.
11 – Any tourism company may stop the Saudi agent contracting with it on the Saudi electronic systems, in solidarity with any other tourism company that has an agency, according to a contract approved by the Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies, provided that this contract is included on the Egyptian portal for Umrah – in coordination with the General Administration of Tourism Religious Affairs in the Ministry – within 48 hours of its approval.
12 – The Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies provides agency contracts for tourism companies that comply with the rules and procedures for the implementation of Umrah trips for this year, in order to face the decrease in the number of Saudi agents – for this season – compared to the number of Egyptian tourism companies, considering that this is a special commercial relationship between Saudi agents. and Egyptian tourism companies.
13- The Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies is jointly responsible with the tourism company executing the trip for covering all insurance risks that occur to the pilgrim in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a result of being infected with the Corona virus, according to the insurance policy concluded in this regard and attached to these controls.
14- The Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies is committed to applying the medical care system prescribed for pilgrims in this regard, provided that it includes death, treatment, evacuation of sick cases and their return to Egypt.
15- The tourism company’s dealings with the Ministry regarding any of the procedures for documenting the Umrah contracts for this year – including receiving the password and user name of the company – shall be limited to its legal representative (who has the right to manage and sign or the chairman of the company’s board of directors, as the case may be), or According to a special power of attorney from him, documented in the real estate registry and in which the agent’s authorization is established, to complete and end all procedures for documenting the agency contract for the Umrah season 1443 AH, as well as signing all the declarations and pledges decided by the Ministry or the Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies in this regard.
16 – Allocating a smart watch for each pilgrim that includes a statement of the following:
All details of the Umrah program for each pilgrim (travel date – return date – accommodation hotel in Makkah – accommodation hotel in Madinah – program price ….), according to what was listed on the portal, as well as the program’s chronology, and dates of movements, The number of days remaining in the program.
The medical data of the pilgrim, his health condition during the trip (temperature – pulse status – ….), and the result of the Corona virus (PCR) analysis swabs.
Emergency Distress System (SOS).
The contract between the tourism company and the Umrah pilgrim regarding the Umrah program.
17 – Payment of temporary insurance with a total amount of two million pounds, to be calculated and retrieved according to the following system:
One hundred thousand pounds in favor of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, to be paid through one of the means stipulated in the law regulating the use of non-cash payment methods promulgated by Law No. 18 of 2019.
One million nine hundred thousand pounds in favor of the Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies and Agencies by virtue of a check drawn up and signed by the same legal representative of the tourism company (who has the right to manage and sign or the chairman of the company’s board of directors, as the case may be) at the chamber’s headquarters.
The tourism company may recover the insurance amount referred to at the end of the Umrah season or its cessation – as the case may be – provided that no complaint related to the amount of the Umrah program has been received by the Ministry within a month from the date of the end or discontinuation of Umrah trips, pending a decision on the complaint.
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