Even the best-laid plans of travellers can go awry. While your umrah journey takes place in potentially unfamiliar territory and sticking to a strict schedule, any issues you run into can be easily resolved, providing that you take the time to prepare for all eventualities.
So here are four simple things to check to ensure that your travel weathers every possible bump in the road.
First and foremost, ensuring that you have the right coverage for your travel is essential. This should cover insurance for cancelled flights and evacuation coverage – meaning that your policies should manage the cost that it takes to evacuate you to a location that lets you receive the right treatment for your condition. With lots of physical activity taking place in hot conditions, slips and falls can be common. If you are still unsure about your insurance, our in-house team are more than happy to help you find the right provider for your group or walk you through the range of available options you have.
When you arrive, it’s important to build you schedule to accommodate changes. Travelling through the Abdul Aziz airport is notoriously slow and finding travel and transport can be challenging if you haven’t booked it in advance. Umrah is also a highly regimented experience and while it can be helpful to stop and smell the roses (possibly at Ta’if), it is important to ensure that you are not present when your pilgrimage visa expires.
Accidents will happen. A pilgrimage is a demanding event that will challenge all those who attend, both spiritually and physically. We previously detailed a guide to finding the right apps to add to your smartphone that can help make sure that you find the right help quickly and safely. Knowing the locations of nearby hospitals, or individuals that are able to assist you is absolutely essential. Knowing when to seek help is essential and, while your Umrah pilgrimage is truly important and often represents a significant financial outlay, resulting in a permanent injury or worse is too heavy a risk to take.
If you have chosen to travel with an Imam or take part in a heritage tour your guide will be able to help you manage your experience and act as an interlocutor with the local population. If you run into issues with your booking or schedule. While you should always carry copies of your travel documents with you at all times, your travel booker will be able to help you when it is needed most or be able to recommend the best authorities or professionals to get in touch within the area.