The Sudanese authorities have increased the costs of Hajj this year by up to 130% ( from 22,000 SP last year to 43,000 this year).
The estimated cost of an average Hajj package per pilgrim from Sudan already costs around £2,530.
The amount is more than an average working family can afford in Sudan. It said the increase of costs is due to decrease of the exchange rate of the national currency against foreign currencies.
In Sudan, the government determines the cost of Hajj and transport agencies but not the private sector as is the case elsewhere around the world.
May people decided not to go to hajj this year. Although Saudi authorities have raised the quota for Sudan from 25,000 pilgrims to 32,000 this season, the Sudanese government put several additional fees that led to the increase of the final cost. Saudi Arabia said Sudan’s private sector should deal with the higher costs, not pilgrims.
Sudanese authorities advice the pilgrims to better plan their accommodation in Saudi Arabia holy sites and seek foreign currency facilities from the Sudan Central Bank in order to tame wild skyrocket fees.
According to General Authority for Statistics in KSA, there are estimated 4,000 pilgrims from Sudan visit Mecca every year. The money for the trip often comes from life-long savings and seed investment from the family.