Female pilgrims don’t need a guardian (mahram) usually a male guardian to perform Hajj or Umrah.
This was announced by Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah,
Saudi law stipulates that a woman needs a Mahram (guardian) which could be her father, husband, blood brother and her biological son when performing Hajj.
Tawfiq Al-Rabiah,stated this on Monday, October 10, 2022, in Egypt during a meeting with his counterpart, the Egyptian Interior Minister, Mahmoud Tawfik, while discussing the 2023 Hajj preparations.
The announcement brought to an end the controversy caused by a policy introduced by the kingdom in 2019.
Since then, the country has only allowed women above 40 years to travel to the country in the last lesser Hajj season without a guardian.
With the new announcement all eligible women can now travel to the Holy Land with or without male guardians for Hajj and lesser Hajj.