Terms and Conditions
It is highly advised that You read through Our Terms and Conditions before booking with us. The Terms and Conditions below form the basis of your contract with London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Limited
All our packages are sold subjects to the following Terms and Conditions:
IMPORTANT NUMBERS IN SAUDI:
Please note that the below mobile numbers are to be used by you as a pilgrim at time of hardship or at times of emergencies only, etc. The below staff is on regular move and these numbers are not to be used for passing family messages or calls.
Mr Zulfiqar Imran: 050 559 0424 Mr Sameer: 056 696 6501
If you are calling from UK to Saudi: 00966 + telephone or mobile number without the first 0 of the mobile or the city code
If you are calling from Saudi to UK: 0044 + telephone or Mobile Number without the first 0 of the mobile or the city code
DEPARTURE POINT & MEETING POINT:
London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd.
83 Broad Lane
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals who are making their own travel arrangements to the airport are requested to meet the main group in front of the relevant airline desk 4 hours prior to departure. The groups will not wait for any late arrivals.
All our passengers are travelling direct to Makkah and performing Umrah prior to Hajj. Pilgrims are reminded to keep their Ihram garments & walking slippers with them in their hand luggage as they will need to change into the state of Ihram while they are on the journey. They can change into the state of Ihram either from Heathrow airport or in the air craft at least 1-2 hours before landing at Jeddah airport.
- Pilgrims are reminded that it is not possible to change the time, route or the date of their journey back home or the journey programme.
All pilgrims are reminded to perform their Tawaf ul Wid’a (Compulsory Tawaf for all pilgrims; men, women, young or old) before leaving Makkah for their journey home or to Medina if it is to be after Hajj.
According to the rules of the Hajj ministry, pilgrims leaving towards Medina after Hajj will not be allowed to re-enter Makkah for any purpose.
- Our movements in Saudi, i.e. Jeddah to Makkah, Makkah to Medina, Medina back to Makkah or to Jeddah airport is restricted by the Hajj ministry and we will not be able to accommodate for any special needs of an individual, a family or a group. We do not arrange for any other than that has been advertised or agreed upon in writing prior to receiving payments.
- Pilgrims will be informed about the date and the time of travelling to Medina and the Ziyarat. However, the expected itinerary of the journey of all our groups is advertised on our website: www.londoncouncil.net
- Pilgrims accept that changes may be made in the purchased package and accept the contract and information provided within the promotional material i.e. leaflets and website details are provided to shed light and give general information therefore amendments and changes are possible.
- Any photographs or diagrams contained on website or leaflet are for illustration purposes only and may not reflect actual provisions and services.
Very Important Points:
- Pilgrims are advised to make their own daily programme of worship i.e. to perform all the prayer in Jamaat, read on daily basis 1-2 sipara/juz of Qur’an, perform an X number of Nafal prayer or Tawafs, etc.
- The above mentioned type of programme would help you to ensure if you were doing well enough towards your Hajj journey. Moreover, this would help you to check your daily worship progress.
- Please Note that Tawaf will be very busy 3-5 days before Hajj & another 3-5 days after Hajj, People will NOT be able to perform more than 1-2 Tawaf a day. Senior aged pilgrims may not be able to perform more than 1 Tawaf a day.
- Tawaf e Ziyarah or Ifadha is NOT included in our Hajj packages, nor will we arrange for any paid transport.
SHOPPING SHOULD NOT BE PART OF YOUR MAIN AGENDA, NOR SHOULD IT DISTRACT YOU FROM THE MAIN AIM OF YOUR JOURNEY.
Our advice to all our pilgrims
- Please keep with you the IDENTITY CARDthat has been provided by ‘London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd.’ throughout your journey, as it contains important details and contact numbers.
- We advise you to keep with you at all time the card of the hotel which you are staying in, be it in Makkah or Medina.
- Keep some water with you at all times.
- Arrange to have 1 spoon, 1 plate, 1 tea cup with you at all times.
- For safekeeping, please DO NOTkeep all your money in one place or bag. If you are travelling with family members, you are requested to share money with all members including ladies and children.
- Use the hotel safe (when possible) and keep all extra money in the safe provided. Make sure you have a witness and obtain a receipt from the hotel.
- BE AWAREthat you may be questioned at Jeddah Airport for any literature you may possess.
- BE PATIENT AT ALL TIMES. Expected waiting time at Jeddah Airport on arrival and return can be more than 12 hours.
- RESPECT OTHERS AT ALL TIMES – REMEMBER THE MAIN AIM OF YOUR JOURNEY. Do not treat anybody with disrespect, including employees contracted by us.
- LISTEN TO THE ADVICE GIVEN BY THE GROUP LEADERS.If you need any advice on any aspect of Hajj or Umrah, consult your group leaders as they have previous experience and can guide you in the right way.
- TRYto attend all the educational programmes arranged by ‘London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd’ as we explain matters in details, also you can have the opportunity of asking further questions you may have.
Electric Adaptor Saudi Arabia uses 2 points electrical switches. Pilgrims are reminded to keep their own international adaptor with them as they will need it during the journey.
Air line booking London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. will arrange or take care of all tickets reconfirmations. We will get in touch with you in this regards and request you to give us the copy of your ticket for reconfirmations
Baby Cots Sorry no baby cots or any other special children facilities are provided in Saudi hotels or in Mina, Arafat or any other place.
Internal Air line booking As Hajj period is very busy period, we therefore do not cater for tailored or for individuals needs other than that has been advertised and agreed upon in writing prior to receiving payment.
Credit Cards Although it may be possible at limited banks to use your visa or credit cards. However, we would not advise you to depend on it, as the cash withdraw lines will be of hours of waiting also subject to the local bank terms and conditions.
Hospital Services Hospital services are free of charge for pilgrims. However, not everybody is pleased with the local National Health Services. Should you wish (if need arises) you can be treated privately (at your own cost) in a private hospital. Please note that in most hospitals cash payment is due before admission and they do not depend or wait for Travel Insurance Payment or policy. Please note that transport from and to hospital is chargeable at all times by the group as this does not include in the package.
Ambulance Services Ambulance service is provided free of charge in Saudi Arabia, but because the nature of the city and due to busy period of time, the ambulance services is stretched to its limits. In Small cases such as temperature, weakness in body, etc, they will not turn up. However, they may turn up in major needs and sometime it could take more than 2-4 hours of waiting.
At Emergency At emergency times such as Fire etc, Pilgrims are reminded to leave the building using the emergency exits and to leave their belongings in their building/apartment. At time of Fire, pilgrims are reminded to use the stair cases ONLY.
Medicine Purchase Medicine can be purchased from the local chemists, in some cases they may not have the similar medicine but they can provide you with an alternative one. Please keep the sample with you to show it to the local chemist. Name of the medicine or its description may not be enough at some times. Please note you will be charged at all Chemists.
Doctor on Call Sorry this service is not possible during Hajj period. However, we normally have many doctors in the group as pilgrims and they are usually happy to help pilgrims free of charge.
Lost Property We take no responsibility for any lost or damaged property, we will try to help you to locate within our means. However, you will liable for any cost arises as a result of search or for its transportation, etc. We therefore, advise you to look after your luggage throughout the journey.
Luggage service In accordance to our terms and conditions we take no responsibility for any luggage, pick up, lost or damaged, for more details, please read our terms and conditions.
Cleaning the Room etc For any help you need with regards to your room, etc; you are requested to contact the hotel receptionist or the house keeping person near the rooms between 10-5pm as they are contracted to change your bed sheet and cleaning your room as well as the toilet/bath areas. It has been noticed due to very busy period of time that you may have to contact the receptionist or house keeper more than once. If the situation does not improve, please let the group leader know about the situation. If still no progress was made, please inform the company director/ staff persons. Please note that bed sheets are normally changed every 2nd to 3rd day. Cleaning the rooms and toilet area is done on daily bases. Please note that NO staff is permitted to clean any room unless pilgrims are present in their rooms.
Meals in rooms Free of charge meals may be provided in your room or at another location after Fajr, Zuhr, and Isha prayers. The staffs that are contracted by our cook will leave the meal with your room mates (when you are not in the room. Please note that meals are not sold as part of the packages and if we do provide it will be a gift from us. Meals are sometimes cooked out of hotel and brought to hotel 2-3 hours to avoid traffic, etc. therefore, you may find meals not warm enough particularly if you are also late after the prayer times. With regards to Hajj days, the situation could become even more difficult due to number of pilgrims within Mina, Arafat, etc and due to limitation of place within these areas.
Room key We advise pilgrims to leave their room key at the hotel reception when going out so that the first person arriving to the hotel can have access to the room. We do NOT advise pilgrims to take their room key with them to Haram e sharif or elsewhere unless you have been provided a key per person.
Telephone Services We advise pilgrims to take with them their own mobile phones (unlocked) and purchase the local mobile Sim cards which are cheap also easy to purchase. Please ensure that your mobile phone is unlocked otherwise Saudi Sim will not operate/work on your phone. We find this method of communication is best for all pilgrims as you can make and receive calls at all times and without any problem. Please note that transferring calls in hotels to your room may be possible at some times and not possible at other times.
Hotel Staff The Saudi Law is that hotels have to employ Saudi citizen as receptionist or staff. In accordance to this, they do not have to speak English; we therefore inform you that you may have some difficulty when communicating with them. Should this be the case, please contact our Asian/Pakistani staff who can translate into Arabic or help you when needed.
Visitors in rooms We advise pilgrims not to take any person to your room unless he/she is blood related to you. Please note that No relatives are allowed to spend night in the hotel as it is against the local rules also it is something which we do not advise/allow pilgrims to do. We advise pilgrims NOT to take local people who you build friendship with (while you are in Makkah or Medina) to your room as many of them could be thieves, criminals, etc. Should you need to meet any of them, please ask them to remain in the hotel reception and you can meet them anywhere out of hotel.
Zamzam Cargo This service was possible until last year but the Saudi government does not allow this service any more. Please note that you may find some local people who would assure you to Cargo Zamzam to your address at some extra charges, but this will not be possible. However, we shall let you know if the law changes in this regards.
Extra Qurbani You can contact us about 1-2 weeks before Hajj and we can book for you additional Qurbani at extra cost.
Beggars You will find so many of them and you will hear most shocking stories of their life, but unfortunately over 98% of them are professional beggars and they are very convincing type of people. This will continue happening even on the days of Hajj/Mina. We have been seeing them over the years and we came to conclusions that these are professional beggars and they are in teams of hundreds if not even more. You will find them in all types also in all ranks of life, e.g. children, adults, men and women. Please avoid giving them any donations.
Shifting Our pilgrims of Group 3&4 will not be shifted to any hotel that is far from Haram such as Aziziyah, etc. However, there may be shifting from one hotel to another nearby hotel for different reason such as building under maintenance etc, but all our pilgrims will remain in the hotels that are nearby Haram and they will have full access to their rooms during the five days of Hajj.
Telephone in Rooms Some rooms/hotels may have phones, others may not have phones. Please use your mobile for communications.
Toilet and shower As the land in Makkah & Medina are very expensive; therefore Toilet & Shower sizes are very small. In most cases it is just enough to stand in it. Showers are normally on open area with shower on top
Smoking Smoking is NOT permitted in rooms or coaches, please act responsible and think of the feelings of others.
Laundry Service Laundry service/shops are available in the area at extra cost per item. Some pilgrims may choose to give their cloth to the staff working in the hotel. Please note that we take no responsibility of any type, it is entirely up to individuals to give their cloth for laundry purposes to whom they wish for cleaning or laundry.
Saudi Currency The local currency is the Saudi Riyal and normally the exchange rate is around 6 Saudi Riyal to £1.
Transport Type All pilgrims are transported in Mualim coaches that are approved by the Hajj ministry only. Hajj ministry would not allow us to use other than their own approved transport to whom we have already made payment on your behalf.
At Air port All pilgrims’ will have to give finger prints and their photos will be taken at Jeddah airport prior to their entry to Saudi Arabia. The local authority holds the right to return passengers who fail to get clearness at Saudi airport. Please note, NO refund is given to you if you have been rejected entry to Saudi Arabia as we have made all necessary payments to all other parties.
UK Airport Pilgrims may get stopped & searched for different reasons at UK airports prior to departure or returning. Please note that we will not be able to help you. If you don’t get clearance & you are stopped from travelling, please also note, no refund is given to you
Room service As it is the busiest time of the year for Makkah and Medina hotels, sorry room service such as to purchase for pilgrims drinks, tea, etc is not possible. Pilgrims are expected to purchase their own things.
Hajj Ministry Please note that we operate in Saudi Arabia under the guidance, rules and regulations of the Hajj ministry. We are NOT allowed by Saudi law to operate or transport people as we wish or as pilgrims wish.
Small creatures: There may be small creatures in hotels or otherwise, this is due to the hot season in Makkah & Medina. This seems to be happening even in the summer months in the UK or other parts of the world. Should you notice any, please let the staff know so that necessary actions can be taken.
Toilet Paper: Toilet paper not provided during the 5 days of Hajj as all tents and the five days of Hajj are fully controlled by the Hajj Ministry to whom we made payments on your behalf. Please be informed that the Sewage and Toilet pipes of the Hotels of Makkah and Medina are not designed for the use of toilet paper, therefore rooms that are using toilet paper are normally found blocked toilets. Therefore we advised you to avoid its usage when possible.
Motorway Services: Motorway Services in Saudi are poorly built and maintained. Sometimes it is almost impossible to use it. Therefore we advised pilgrims not to eat or drink too much while travelling between cities.
The Hajj days
* PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE THE EXPECTED DAYS OF HAJJ AND IT IS SUBJECT TO MOON SIGHTING:
7th Dhul Hijjah
The following day (tomorrow, 8th Dhul Hijjah) will be spent in mina. Therefore, we will start the hajj journey some time at night of 7th Dhul Hijjah, starting from after isha-fajr prayer time. The process of shifting pilgrims from Makkah to Mina could last the whole night.
For Mina and the other days of Hajj, please prepare yourself with a sleeping bag, water can of 2liter, cover sheet for the nights, Mussalla to perform the daily prayers and some dry or long lasting food just in case if the meals are provided later than expected. You are also advised to take with you some pain killers and the important daily medicines if you under any medical conditions.
8th Dhul Hijjah: THE DAY WILL BE SPENT IN MINA
In Mina, There is enough hot & cold water, and the number of the toilets is better than Arafat & Muzdalifah (approximately 30 toilets for 5000 pilgrims). For every 14 pilgrims, only one tent is to be provided by the Hajj ministry which will be 4mX4m, (we have already made the payment on your behalf). Mina tents will be air-conditioned and carpeted. For security reasons, and to perform the daily prayers/Salah in Jamaat, we will open up all tents to each other, so that it can become like one big Hall.
Note: All pilgrims even if they booked separate room in Makkah or Medina would accommodate on sharing basis during the five days of Hajj. Men to share Tents with men and Ladies to share Tents with Ladies.
9th Dhul Hijjah: THE DAY WILL BE SPENT IN ARAFAT
This is the day of Hajj. The person who is not present in Arafat, he/she has missed the reward of Hajj. This is the main and the most important day in the entire journey. Pilgrims will perform Zuhr & Asr prayer in Arafat. All pilgrims are advised to spend the day asking Allah’s forgiveness, assistance and reward etc.
In Arafat the facilities will not be as good as it was in Mina. i.e. Fans will not be provided and the tents will be non air-conditioned, the number of toilets will be less than was in Mina. DO NOT panic as you are there for 10-12 hours only. The situation will be improved after the sunset, as pilgrims will start getting ready for their journey towards Muzdalifa.
Pilgrims will start their journey for Muzdalifa approximately at any time after the sunset and midnight. This night is expected to be cold and other facilities such as toilets will be even more limited than Arafat.
Note: Services during the five days of Hajj are poorly equipped and maintained due to large number of people confined in a small area. Sometimes it is almost impossible to use it. Therefore we advised pilgrims not to eat or drink too much during the five days of Hajj.
9th Dhul Hijjah: THE NIGHT WILL BE SPENT IN MUZDAILFAH.
In Muzdalifah, the facilities are very limited. We strongly recommend that you take some water along with you from Arafat for drinking and Wudu purposes. There will be neither tents nor carpets in Muzdalifa. Pilgrims may use their sleeping bags or the Musalla (prayer mat) or any garment for resting the few hours before Fajr prayer. After performing Fajr prayer, all Pilgrims will leave for Mina. (Do not panic if you have missed your group), try to make your way for Mina by using the coaches provided at the gate and meet the group in the camp of Mina.
On arrival to Muzdalifah, pilgrims will perform Maghrib & Isha prayer; They will also collect some pebbles to stone the Shaytan for the coming 3 days. Each pilgrim will need at least 49 pebbles; it is advisable to have some extra pebbles. The size of the pebble should not be bigger than a small bean.
10th Dhul Hijjah:
This is the EID and the Qurbani day, pilgrims will start leaving Muzdalifah heading to mina from after Fajr to Zuhr. If you are leaving Muzdalifah late in the morning, please be careful of the heat. The day is to be spent in Mina/Makkah. However, most part of the night must be spent in any part of mina. Pilgrims must stone the Big Jamarat (Shaytan) only with 7 pebbles.
11th Dhul Hijjah:
The day could be spent in Mina/Makkah. However, the night must be spent in any part of Mina. Pilgrims must stone all the three Jamarat (Shaytans) using 7 pebbles for each Shaytan starting by the small one.
12th Dhul Hijjah:
This is the last day of hajj. The day will be spent in Mina/Makkah.
Pilgrims must stone all the three Jamarat (Shaytans) 7 pebbles each, starting from the small one.
All pilgrims must leave Mina before sunset (Maghrib Azaan). If a person remains in mina after the sunset, he/she will need to spend the full night in mina and stone the shaytan the following day after Zuhr & than leave Mina.
Hajj & Umrah can be physically and mentally very challenging. London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd takes NO responsibility for any pilgrim. As Hajj & Umrah can be very demanding, we therefore advice all our pilgrims not to travel for Hajj or Umrah unless you are fit to do so and able to walk at least for 3-4 miles per day. If any pilgrim does not meet this requirement we advise him/her to take a wheelchair with him/her and an additional person who will be fully responsible for your travelling. We also highly recommend that you must seek medical advice from your GP, etc to re-check if you should embark on a journey such as this.
Please be advised that travelling for Hajj or Umrah cannot be compared to holiday travel. During Hajj & Umrah journey; the unpredicted is frequently the norm, and this journeys can be very provoking and irregular. In spite of our careful preparation and organisation, Hajj & Umrah travel can never be settled like a standard holiday or vacation. Hotels, transport, flights and public services are pushed to their limits. This is because 3-4 millions of pilgrims live these days within a small congested area and the crowds can be astonishing. Therefore, expect long delays, unpredicted scenes and atmosphere.
Pilgrims understand and accept that they have been provided information in relation to the Hajj and Umrah packages and flights including:
- The company does not provide 4 or 5 star accommodation or services.
- The means, characteristics and categories of transport to be used and the expected dates, times and points of departure and return.
- The type of accommodation, its location and its main features. Where relevant the approval or tourist classification under the Saudi Arabian system; was made clear.
- The meals including breakfast are not included in the package.
- The expected itinerary of the flight and package & Information Pack
- Details of the expected visits, excursions or other services that are included in the total price agreed for the package.
- Information about passport and visa requirements which apply for British and other citizens
- Health formalities required for the visa as well as the journey.
- I have identified no relevant health requirements to my journey and I am fit to travel.
- The monetary amount or the percentage of the price which is to be paid on account and the timetable for payment of the balance; Which I understand must be paid prior to issuing visa, tickets etc.
- The arrangements which apply if consumers are delayed at the outward or homeward points of departure;
- The arrangements for security for money paid over and for the repatriation of the consumer in the event of insolvency;
- The necessity for me to purchase my own insurance;
- I have been advised of the ongoing mass construction in Makkah, Medina and Jeddah as well as to my destination. I have been advised of the disruption which this may cause and the precautions I should take, for example wearing a face mask, being patient as traffic and environment could result in an unpleasant experience. I have also been advised of the MERS Virus and provided information about MERS.
- The procedure for complaints;
- I have been advised of the importance of attending a Seminar which will be held prior to travel, the purpose and importance of my attendance.
- I am satisfied that the information provided to me has been clear, intelligible and unambiguous and that all members of my party are aware of this information.
- There are no special identified requirements which I have communicated to the organiser or retailer when making the booking (if such requirements exist please get written confirmation of the services we will provide which meets your requirements; failing to do so prior to booking means no special arrangement have be made).
- I have been advised about the ATOL scheme and I have received a copy of the ATOL Certificate after payment
- I am aware that it is a term of my contract that I am required to take out an insurance policy in order to cover the cost of cancellation or assistance and so on including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness.
- I understand that the company will not provide any more information about any insurance policy for these purposes.
- I confirm I have received a written copy of the terms and conditions and understand it and agree upon the stated terms.
- I understand I have to accept the changes and updates in terms and conditions which are on the website, www.londoncouncil.net.
You agree to be responsible for and guarantee payment & responsibility in respect of all persons named on the booking. You also agree to be responsible for the behaviour of all persons travelling with your party. We will correspond directly with you and all documents will be sent to the address that appears on the conformation of booking. It is your responsibility to ensure that all persons travelling in your party are made aware of the information relevant to the Hajj and Umrah package and that they conduct themselves in an appropriate manner having regard to the sacred nature of the journey.
- Visa applications
We will organise your visa application and that of any person travelling in your party and named in the conformation of booking. You will offer us all assistance that we require in obtaining the visa in good time for the date of departure.
- Pilgrimage payment
Full payment must be made London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd at least 4 weeks prior to departure. If the balance is not settled prior to departure, we reserves and right to cancel the booking without notice.
- Amendments and cancellation
In the unlikely event in which we require to make a substantial change to an element of the package may include a change in the departing or arriving at airports, a change to a lower standard of accommodation or a change in the time of flight departure time by more than 12 hours, we will let you know at the time of booking. Should a substantial change occur after conformation of booking has been issued we will let you know as soon as confirmation of booking has been issued and you may choose to either except the package with the changes or cancel your journey, where upon we will provide a full refund.
Please note that according to Hajj ministry & Saudi embassy regulations. Hajj & Umrah visa is neither changeable nor refundable in all cases including Health cases. Addition to this, all Hajj tickets are not refundable. Therefore, once the Hajj & Umrah visa and airline ticket is issued no refund is given to us by any party neither we will refund any pilgrim in cases of cancellation, as we would have already made full and final payment to all involved parties.
Our cancellation charges policy after booking:
- £300 for any cancellation after handing the personal details and making payment.
- + £100 – £200 for cancelling ticket, this amount will be paid to ticketing department.
- + full ticket price if ticket has been printed (if the ticket is refundable we shall re pay when we been paid back by the airline which could take up to 18months in some cases)
- If Hajj & Umrah visa has been issued and air ticket has been also issued (which is non-changeable or refundable), we shall charge 95% price of the full/total package price, this is because by this time we have sold all the facilities that we have purchased on your behalf weather you use it or otherwise.
- Flights & General Travel
We cannot accept any liability for any delay in your flight to or from the UK whether the cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, re-scheduling of times by the airline, industrial action, and act of God or otherwise. During Hajj/Umrah there will be times when there will be long delays (this could go for days) mainly at airports or otherwise. Pilgrims are expected to spend on themselves for the entire period. This includes at Hajj & Umrah camps and during coach transfers due to the enormous amount of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. We do not accept any liability for any such delays.
- You are solely responsible for your travel/health insurance arrangements. We do not offer any travel insurance.
- London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd is not responsible for excessive luggage, or for any item carried by pilgrims. Pilgrims are completely responsible for their own luggage throughout the journey. This includes air transfers, coach travel etc.
- London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd will not take any responsibility for safeguarding the property of individuals at any time during the journey nor for any loss or damage of any property.
- For those under medication, please note that medicines can be expensive or unavailable in Saudi Arabia. We advise you to take sufficient supplies to last you the full duration of the Hajj & Umrah journey. We also recommend that you take medication for coughs, colds and painkillers from the UK.
- The tents and transport of Mina and Arafat are provided on a sharing basis. Men will be with men and women will be with women. During the five days of Hajj all pilgrims will share the tents that are provided by the ministry of Hajj to whom we make payment on your behalf. Please note that no Hajj or Umrah company has any control of its location or the quality of services provided within it.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that you and your party are at any meeting points at the relevant time. This applies to check in procedures, outgoing and ingoing flights, any internal transportation and any excursions organised during the package.
- Every pilgrim must make their own private arrangements for receiving their visitors in Saudi Arabia. Visitors will not be permitted to stay at pilgrims hotels during nights, neither meal will be provided to them.
- London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd will use the Mu’alim coach service wherever provided (full amount of the transport has been paid to the Mu’alim on your behalf). This includes all travelling arrangements in Saudi Arabia apart from ziyarat.
- Transport for Tawaful Ifadah/Ziyarah not included in our packages.
- All pilgrims must ensure that they carry all the documents which will allow them to re-enter the UK, i.e. Entry Visa/British Passports. We will NOT be able to help you to re-enter the UK or any other part of the world, if you do not carry the required documents. ALL pilgrims must ensure that they have obtained the appropriate documentation before the departure from UK, i.e. Entry Visa/passport London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd is not responsible for obtaining these documentations for or on behalf of any pilgrim.
- Every pilgrim will have to stick to the allocated transport (coach) arranged for the journey. Please make a note of your coach number, once it is allocated to you. Do not change your coach, as this will cause difficulty for all the pilgrims.
- The Saudi Border control has the right to refuse any pilgrim entry and should this happen. London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd’ will not be able to help you in any way nor we will be able to refund any money as we would have made full payments on your behalf to all other or third parties.
- On entry to Saudi Arabia, the Boarder control will make you to give your finger prints and your photo will be taken for security and other reasons. ‘London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd’ will not be able to help you in any way as these are governmental level agreements.
- If any baggage is lost by the airline or while transfer, you must submit a claim directly with relevant airline.
- Please be informed that we are not liable for loss of baggage nor we will be held responsible at any time.
- Our Responsibility
We escort our pilgrims or groups throughout the journey. The type of service you will receive depends upon the package you select. Our services include some of the following: hotel accommodation, tents in Mina, tents in Arafat, Hajj ministry coaches throughout the journey unless mentioned otherwise in writing, private coaches only for Ziyarat, one Qurbani per person and an educational programme throughout the journey. All of these services come as standard as part of all our packages.
- Travel documentation
Every pilgrim is responsible to look after his/her own ticket. Please do not attach your ticket to the passport. The passport will be taken off you at Jeddah airport and will be returned to you once you have returned to Jeddah airport having performed Hajj.
When you make booking with us you acknowledge there is an element of risk associated with pilgrimage generally, particularly in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj & Umrah. These include overcrowding in hotels, on all forms of transport and poor management of the public places. These risks can also include the risk of injury or illness in remote places without medical facilities. You must be fit enough to undertake the pilgrimage and you must exercise reasonable care for your own safety and the safety of other members in your group.
- We shall not be liable for any personal injury. You are solely responsible for your travel/health insurance arrangements. We do not offer any travel/health insurance.
- We shall not be liable for any delay in performing Hajj and Umrah rites or for failure to perform Hajj and Umrah rites in the delay or failure result from circumstances beyond our control.
- London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd will not take any responsibility for safeguarding the property of individuals at any time during the journey nor for any loss or damage of any property.
London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. is not responsible for excessive luggage or for any item carried by pilgrims. Pilgrims are solely responsible for their own luggage throughout the journey. This includes loading and unloading during transfers from point A to point B and to coaches, etc.
For the Amount of Luggage allowed, please check the website of your airline.
- Transport during the Five days of Hajj
We try to give the seats to Ladies, Elderly and Children. We Request young men or who are able to stand up, to stand up so that we can transfer maximum number of pilgrims possible in short time period of time.
Toilet paper not provided during the 5 days of Hajj.
Any behaviour deemed unacceptable can lead us to terminate your journey. We will not tolerate behaviour that is deemed to be leading to distress, damage or cause danger to London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. employees or other pilgrims. If you are prevented from travelling because any person in authority thinks you are unfit to travel or likely to cause problems; we will not be liable to complete your pilgrimage arrangements and you will not be liable for any refund and or compensation.
If you have any problems during your Hajj and Umrah journey then please inform the group leader. If the problem cannot be resolved by the group leader then please contact Mr Arif. However, if he too could not help you, please contact us in writing within 28 days of your return. Please include your booking reference and all other relevant information and documentation.
Pilgrims are requested to understand the nature of the journey; this is not a tour or a package in which everything is expected to be perfect or according to a plan. Pilgrims are advised to be mentally prepared for many inconveniences as they will be performing Hajj & Umrah in a small valley which will hold and serve more than 3 millions.
Your contract is with London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. and any matters arising from it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. It is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
- Our Commitment
London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. has taken all steps to ensure that your Hajj journey is conducted with minimum difficulties and as comfortable as possible. In the event that any difficulty should arise which has not been mentioned above, we will endeavour to correct such difficulty without any delay and with minimal inconvenience.
- Your Financial Protection
- When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive package from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”
- “We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the Services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”
- “If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”
Terms and conditions of Booking in details:
- Definitions and Interpretations
1.1 In these terms and conditions, unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the following meanings:
“Agreement” means the agreement between us and you, for you and for any persons named on the application form; all are booked in accordance with these terms and conditions as per our advertisement in our brochure, leaflets or on our website.
“Booking form” means the form on which booking details are submitted to us, booking form are supplied by us in form of paper copy, PDF format document; to make things easier for pilgrims we may help them by taking all the necessary details over the phone and complete their booking form.
“Brochure” means the brochure/leaflet detailing the packages as published by us in respect of the year in which the package is to be taken.
“Confirmation of Booking” means our confirmation to you that your booking has been accepted.
“Package/Group” means the Hajj/Umrah experience as described in these terms and conditions and our brochures/leaflets or internet.
“Us”, “We” or “Our” means London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd whose business head office is at 83 Broad Lane, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK).
“I”, “You”, “Your”, “Pilgrims” or “Applicants” means the person(s) who signed or whose name appears on the booking form or the person who accepted to travel with us for either Hajj or Umrah in accordance with London Councel for Hajj and Umrah Ltd 1.2 Reference to the agreement shall include the Terms and Conditions and brochure (subject to clause 2.7) as they are amended from time to time in accordance with the terms of these terms and conditions).
1.3 Words importing the singular number include the plural, words importing any particular gender include all other genders and references to persons/pilgrims shall include bodies corporate and unincorporated and (in each case) vice versa.
1.4 Reference to any statute or statutory provision shall be construed as referring to that statute or statutory provision as it may from time to time be amended, modified, extended, re-enacted or replaced and including all subordinate legislation or guidance made under it.
1.5 Any reference to “including” shall mean “including with limitations”.
1.6 Reference to Clauses and Sub-Clauses are to Clauses and Sub-Clauses to these Terms and Conditions.
1.7 In the event of any conflict between the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the Brochure/Website, the Terms and Condition shall prevail.
1.8 The headings in these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretations.
- Package details
2.1 There are two choices of packages:
2.1.1 Standard packages with the duration of 17 Days – Non Shifting
2.1.2 Economy package with the duration of 27 Days and 28 Days – Shifting
2.2 The standard package provides, for accommodation, rooms based on 5-7 sharing occupancy. If You require quad, triple or double occupancy this should be specified on the Booking Form or inform our agent at the time of booking where the price would be different. If quad, triple or double occupancy room is available this shall be confirmed.
2.3 The economy package provides accommodation in 5-7 sharing occupancy. Pilgrims may choose to upgrade to quad, triple and double occupancy at extra price. If upgrade occupancy room is available this shall be confirmed to You at the time of booking.
2.4 Where You are a single traveller or there a number of people travelling in Your party it may not be possible to be accommodated in one room. We may still be able to accommodate You or all members of Your party (as applicable) on the journey subject to availability.
2.5 The items included in and excluded from each package are as set out in the Brochure or on our regularly updated website. Please note that the cost of Tawaful Ifadah/Ziyarh is not included in Our standard packages.
2.6 There is no minimum age for travel. However, children and infants must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will usually be a parent or immediate relative/guardian. Please note that a Child will count as an adult occupant.
2.7 The photographs of landmarks featured in the Brochure are for illustrative purposes only and to give a general idea of what you may experience during the Journey. The photographs of hotel rooms are also included only to indicate in general terms the type of accommodation You can expect to stay in and your hotel room may differ from those depicted.
2.8 Our hotels and rooms are sold according to Saudi rating standards which are different than the UK standards and are usually lower standards than the UK. Addition to this, room sizes may also be different than UK hotels rooms.
2.9. Room size is expected to be small with maximum beds possible and without table and chairs in the room for dining, etc. Your suitcases will have to be placed under the beds/ next to Your bed.
2.10. Toilet may be located inside or outside of the room, in most cases toilets are small and without shower tray. Sometimes there is only enough place to stand in or around the toilet.
2.11. In some cases there could be one toilet and shower for two rooms, and Pilgrims are expected to share the facilities.
2.12 The items included in and excluded from each package are as set out in the Brochure unless specific amendment has been made by agreement of the parties in writing to the contents of the Brochure. It is acknowledged by the parties that changes may be made by agreement of all parties to the particulars contained within the Brochure before the conclusion of the contract.
2.13 You should ensure that you are familiarised with the terms of any information pack or itinerary document provided.
2.14 There is no minimum age for travel. However, children and infants must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will usually be a parent or immediate relative.
If You are travelling unaccompanied by an adult aged 18 years of age or over and meet the above conditions for travel, You must provide written authority from you parent or legal guardian who must sign the Booking Form in our presence. We may ask the parent / guardian to produce a copy of their passport showing their name and signature. Written permission from a parent/guardian cannot be accepted unless their signature can be checked. On signing the booking form, a contract will exist between your parent/guardian and Us.
Where You are permitted to travel unaccompanied by an adult aged 18 years of age or over, you must take written authority from Your parent or legal guardian with You as the authorities and or Our accommodation supplier may require evidence of this. Failure to adhere to the above condition may result in your booking being cancelled at any point before or after your departure. If You are prevented or restricted from performing the Hajj or using your accommodation for this reason, you will be liable for any costs incurred for example, alternative accommodation, if available, and /or transport home.
3.1 Prior to booking, We strongly recommend that You have carefully read and understand Our Terms and Conditions which shall subject to clause 3.3 form the basis of the agreement between You and London Council for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and early booking is highly recommended in order to avoid disappointment.
3.2 You confirm that You have been provided prior to the conclusion of this contract in writing or some other appropriate form with the following information:
- General information about passport and visa requirements which apply to British citizens or otherwise who are purchasing flight only or flight including package, including information about the length of time it is likely to take to obtain appropriate passports and visas
- Information about health formalities required for the journey and stay;
iii. The arrangements for security for the money paid over upon booking and/or payment for the repatriation of You in the event of Our insolvency.
3.3 When You have selected the package of Your choice, please complete the booking form. Please ensure that all details entered are complete and accurate. To make things easy for our pilgrims, We may also take their booking details over the phone with the understanding that you have read and fully understood and accepted all Our Terms and Conditions. You should ensure that all details entered on the Booking Form are complete and accurate. Please note that a Booking Form may not be accepted unless it is signed and dated.
3.4 These Terms and Conditions shall apply to all bookings except so far as expressly agreed otherwise in writing by Our authorised representative. You should not rely on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on Our behalf which is not set out in the Agreement. Nothing in this clause will exclude or limit London Council for Hajj and Umrah Ltd.’s liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
3.5 Your submission of the Booking Form or the submission of your personal details to London Council for Hajj and Umrah Ltd.. is considered as Your offer to book a place on the journey for You and for those persons named on the Booking Form or otherwise given subject to these Terms and Conditions.
3.6 In completing the Booking Form or by providing details of yourself and persons accompanying or by signing the Booking Form. You agree to be responsible for and guarantee payment in respect of all persons named on the Booking Form. You also agree to be responsible for the behaviour of all persons travelling with Your party and for the entire duration of the journey. We will correspond directly and only with You and all documents will be sent to the address that appears on the Confirmation of Booking. It is Your responsibility to ensure that all persons travelling in Your party are aware of the information provided relating to the journey and that they conduct themselves in an appropriate manner having regard to the sacred nature of the journey. If you make a booking on behalf of others as well as yourself, we shall take it that You have the authority of each of those other people to enter into the contract on the basis of these booking conditions and that You and they have agreed to be jointly and severally liable to us.
3.7 Please send Your Booking Form to Our office address: London Council for Hajj and Umrah, 83 Broad Lane, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK). The deposit or full amount (as applicable) is due and payable in accordance with clauses 5.1 and 5.3 (as applicable) at the time of submitting the Booking Form. A Booking Form is not valid and will not be accepted until such payment is received and also until Confirmation of Booking.
3.8 We reserve the right to return your deposit and decline to issue a confirmation at Our absolute discretion. If We accept Your booking We will send You a Confirmation of Booking. We will use reasonable endeavours to send the Confirmation of Booking either via first class post or a confirmation will be sent to the email address You have provided. Upon issue of the Confirmation of Booking, a legally binding agreement will be deemed to have come into effect from the date that appears on the Booking Form. If you send the Booking Form 8 weeks or less before the date of departure, a legally binding agreement will be deemed to have come into effect on the date when We confirm the booking to You, which may be or not be in writing.
3.9 If You wish to make any changes to Your arrangement following Confirmation of Booking, You must inform Us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst we will do our best to assist, We cannot guarantee that We will be able to meet Your requested change. Where We can meet a request, each amendment will incur a fee of £100 per person. Any additional charges passed on to Us by airlines or other suppliers will be added to this amount. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and You should contact Us as soon as possible. If we are unable to assist You and You do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by You and a cancellation fee will be payable. If You are unable to travel or prevented from travelling for any reason cancellation charges will apply depending at time of cancellation. In some cases there may not be any refund particularly if ticket and visa has been ordered or issued.
3.10 From the date of confirmation of booking (which may be over a telephone call or in writing), you shall have no right to cancel a booking due to a change of mind or change of requirement.
Note: certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed or ordered and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100 % of that part of the arrangement.
3.11 You must stipulate any dietary, mobility or other special requirements for You or any person included in Your booking on the Booking Form or at the time of booking. Whilst We use Our reasonable endeavours to cater for any such requirements, We cannot guarantee such requirements will be accommodated and cannot be held liable for any failure by Us to do so.
3.12 You must notify us for any medical condition that You or any person travelling in Your party has. We may request further information on any such condition and You agree to provide such information (which shall be true and complete) promptly. We reserve the right to decline or cancel your booking if We believe that We are not able to provide the facilities to deal with the medical condition in question. All pilgrims are travelling at their own risk and no special arrangements or responsibility will be catered for any disability, mobility or medical conditions.
3.13 When deciding to book the trip You should be aware that Hajj and Umrah journey is physically and mentally demanding. We do not take responsibility for any pilgrims that have special requirements unless agreed in writing at the time of booking in accordance with clauses 3.11 and 3.12. In order to complete the rites of Hajj and Umrah and other rituals, it is required that all Pilgrims are fit enough to walk for a distance of at least 3-5 miles a day. In case any Pilgrim is not fit enough to do so, he/she must take a wheelchair with them as well as a companion who will take responsibility for them. We also strongly recommend that all pilgrims seek medical clearance from their GP before booking, particular the elderly or those with diagnosed medical problems. It is Your responsibility to check with your GP that You are fit enough to be on this journey as well as what vaccinations and medication you may require and allow time to obtain them. Some relevant details are available from the National Travel Health Network and Centrewww.nathnac.org
3.14 Please note that the journey of Hajj and Umrah cannot be equated to holiday travel. The Hajj journey can never be taken for granted as operating like a normal holiday; Hotels, transport and public services are all pushed to their limits during the Hajj season and You should not expect the same level of services that You are used to in the UK or elsewhere. Due to the large number of pilgrims in a small area the crowds can be overwhelming. Please expect major traffic congestion and very long delays while moving from one location to another throughout the journey particularly during the days of the rites of Hajj and Umrah. These journeys can be very frustrating, unpleasant and unpredictable which are outside of Our control.
3.15 Exclusively for Hajj or Large Umrah groups (over 50). The information document and itinerary of Your journey will set out some of the potential challenges which can be expected during the pilgrimage. This is neither a complete nor exhaustive list. Approximately [two weeks] before the Start Date, We shall provide You with a pack of information relating to Your journey. This information will include:
1.1 locations of intermediary stops and transport connections as well as anticipated time of meeting;
1.2 Contact details
1.3 climate and clothing recommendations
1.4 any important details relevant to a particular site that we may visit;
3.16 All details provided are subject to the qualifications contained within the information pack and the Terms and Conditions. In addition and particular the following general terms are identified:
3.16.1 Your Hajj and Umrah package with London Council for Hajj and Umrah Ltd. shall consist of Your visa, accommodation, flights to and from Saudi Arabia and group transport within Saudi Arabia, as well as such other services as are outlined in Your Booking Form or advertised by different means. The purpose of these services is to allow You to complete the holy pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia and as such You accept that there are material aspects of the services provided which are distinct in standard from a normal package or leisure holiday. We provide the package within a specific field of activity – namely the provision of Hajj and Umrah Pilgrimage services – and are committed to maintaining both the honest market practices and general principles of good faith that exist within this field.
3.16.2 Laws, standards, culture and attitudes are different in many countries from what You reasonable expect at home or otherwise. We are not responsible for standards of service, safety, hygiene and behaviour which may be lower than You are used to or which you expected.
3.16.3 We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with the applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean We or the service supplier has not exercised reasonable skill and care.
3.16.4 We will only be responsible for what Our employees do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do. Please note that hotel staff, cleaners, transport driver, mualim stuff, hajj ministry staff, airport staff etc or not Our employees.
3.16.5 Hajj Visa
- a)As part of the Services, We will apply to the Saudi Embassy for the Hajj and Umrah visa to enter Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. The Hajj and Umrah visa is issued by the Saudi Embassy. It is Our responsibility to ensure that Your passports are prepared, processed and submitted correctly at the required time. If, after submission, the Saudi Embassy delays releasing the passports, or does not issue a Hajj or Umrah Visa for You, or misplacse the passport, We shall attempt to resolve the problem. However We cannot take responsibility for the action of the Embassy or other parties that are outside of Our control. Please note that We have a limited number of visas for which We are permitted to apply and once We have met Our quota, no further visas can be issued. Once issued, the Hajj visa cannot be re-issued in the event of loss or damage and it cannot be transferred to another person in any circumstances. It is Your responsibility to check You fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to the Services and required for the issuing of the visa. We accept no responsibility for any visa application delayed or rejected by the Saudi Embassy. You must check the requirements for Your own specific circumstances.
- b)We do not accept any responsibility if You cannot travel, or incur any other loss because You have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which We incur as a result of Your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
- c)Due to the nature of this journey please be advised The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Law does not allow entry to Non-Muslims into Makkah or Medina and such persons will not be granted a Hajj or Umrah Visa.
- d)A non-Muslim can be defined as: Any person who does not believe in the ABSOLUTE and UNQUALIFIED FINALITY of the Prophethood of Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon him), or claims to be a prophet of Islam or recognises any such claimant as a prophet of Islam although the definition is a matter of interpretation by the Hajj Ministry.
- e)Please note it is illegal to provide any false details to obtain the visa. If You provide false information, documents or passports in support of Your visa application, You will be refused a visa and all future applications may be refused. Your attempts to abuse the immigration system may be reported to the relevant authorities.
3.16.6 Travel to/from journey Sites and Itinerary:
- a)Upon arrival at Jeddah/Medina airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia You acknowledge that You may experience significant delays in clearing immigration. You may have to wait and sit in the waiting lounge for a long time before going through to the immigration desk. These delays are outside of Our control and We cannot be held liable for any costs occurred as a result of such delays.
- b)After clearing immigration and exiting from the airport with Your luggage You will be asked to hand over the Hajj draft to Saudi Authorities for the on-going transport and Hajj services. The Saudi authorities in return will put stickers of transport and Hajj services on Your passports whom We have paid on your behalf. You are asked to stay with Your group at all times when travelling unless instructed otherwise by Your group leader or the Saudi authorities. All messages and documentation will be communicated to You through Your group leader. Before being allowed access onto the buses provided by the Hajj Ministry, You (or your group leader on your behalf) may be required to surrender Your passports to the Saudi authorities. Please note that this is a stipulation of the Ministry of Hajj and it is not something over which We have any control. We cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to Your passport whilst it is in the possession of the Hajj Ministry. You accept that failure to provide Your passport to the authorities when requested to do so will mean that You will not be allowed access to the buses to continue on Your journey. We cannot accept any liability in these circumstances and no refunds or payment of any kind shall be given.
- c)All transport to and from airports and between sites on the journey is provided by, controlled and overseen by the Ministry of Hajj unless expressly stated otherwise. We have no control over the timing and nature of the transport provided. Transport might be delayed or changed at little or no notice and You accept that We have no control over such delays or changes nor can We accept any liability for such amendments. The itinerary provided by Us is subject to the provision of transport by the Ministry of Hajj. Furthermore by accepting these Terms and Conditions You acknowledge that Saudi Arabia is a developing country and its infrastructure may not be as advanced as You may be used to in the UK or otherwise. It remains Your responsibility to ensure that Your luggage is loaded and unloaded from the Ministry of Hajj buses, and We cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to Your luggage whilst it is transported on these buses.
- d)Your itinerary will be governed by the Islamic calendar, the Saudi authorities and the Ministry of Hajj. Therefore Your itinerary is subject to change at all times and You accept that we cannot accept any liability in these circumstances. Furthermore, due to the nature of the Hajj pilgrimage, Your itinerary is on a very tight schedule and You must ensure that You are at all departure points at the time specified on Your itinerary or according to announcements in order to commence the next stage of the pilgrimage. Failure to be present at the departure points by the time specified on the itinerary means that the group may leave without You. We cannot accept any liability for this.
3.16.7 Domestic transport-UK:
Domestic transport (buses) from London to the airport and return are part of packages for large groups (50 passengers or more).
- a)Due to the large number of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, the cities and towns are overcrowded. This has a significant effect on the public services, transport and accommodation within the country. You accept that the Services are at all times dependent on the Hajj Ministry and Saudi Arabian authorities over which We have no control. All accommodation is shared and is of basic yet functional economy buildings (unless otherwise agreed in writing); star rating is provided by the hotels according to the Saudi Ministry of Trade standards and is quoted for guidance only; these are Saudi rated accommodations which is likely not in accordance with British rating equivalents. Accommodation within the holy cities at this time is in such high demand and as a result all accommodation is shared and rooms for single occupancy are not available. If You wish to share accommodation with Your husband, wife or family, You must make a special request for this at the time of booking and, if available, a supplement will be payable. Otherwise, all accommodation is segregated and communal and whilst We will make efforts to place You with the group in which You are travelling We cannot make any guarantees about this and accept no liability in the event You’re not placed in the same accommodation.
- b)During the Hajj season hotel rooms are reconfigured to support increased occupancy. Rooms which would normally be configured as double, triple and quad rooms outside the Hajj season may be used as triple, quad or quant/quint (5/6/7 person) rooms during Hajj season. You acknowledge that accommodation may be of a lower standard and more congested than that expected against British standards or Saudi standards outside the period of Hajj and Ramadan pilgrimage.
- a)We are responsible for arranging each client’s confirmed international air ticket for Hajj or Umrah. We cannot accept any liability for any cancellations, changes and delay in Your flights to or from the UK whether the cancellation, change or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling of times by the airline, authorities and/or the action of air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, strike or action, industrial action or otherwise.
- b)We accept no liability for any lost/damage luggage, or charges for excess luggage. If luggage is lost by the airline, the passenger must pursue the airline for compensation by contacting the airline’s baggage service at the point of loss. Baggage tags must also be retained for this purpose.
- c)Once a flight reservation has been confirmed, the payment becomes fully non-refundable.
- d)Should any passenger(s); family or group fail to arrive at the departure point or at airport on time or fails to enter the aeroplane after checking in, we take no responsibility of any loss, charges or damages.
3.17 Hajj and Umrah journey may not be enjoyable. In addition, no pleasure is in this journey may be gained.
3.18 We use reasonable endeavours to perform Hajj and Umrah according to the Sunnah. However, we cannot be liable for any failure to do so as We are bond/limited by Hajj ministry and timings and space.
3.19. All meetings, lectures and announcements will be delivered in English or Urdu language.
3.20 If you wish to make any change to Your arrangements following Confirmation of Booking each amendment will incur of a fee of £100 per person per change. Any additional charges passed on to Us by airlines or other suppliers will be added to this amount
3.21 You agree to ensure that every person named for booking agrees to be bound by the agreement incorporating these Terms and Conditions as if they were a party to the agreement. In particular, you agree to insure that each person agrees to be bound by the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in clause 13 liability.
- Travel documentation
4.1. We are responsible for providing the package as detailed on the Conformation of Booking. We endeavour to ensure that Our work is accurate. However, it is Your responsibility to ensure that all details on the Conformation of Booking and any other documentation that We send or give You are correct. In particular, you must check your travel documents and those of any persons travelling with You and ensure that the details match those on Your passport and those of any persons travelling in Your party. Where there are any discrepancies in any of the documentation You must advise us immediately. Failure to do so may prevent You from participating in the journey.
4.2. Travel documents will be issued in the following ways:
4.2.1 Collection by You from Our office or at the Pre-Hajj and Umrah seminar to which all participants are invited to attend;
4.2.2 Sent by post to Your address by special delivery; or
4.2.3 Collected at the airport in exceptional circumstances only where passports are handed to Us very late due to You or any persons travelling in Your party travelling prior to the journey or the embassy delaying visa very late due to a variety of reasons.
4.3 No travel documents will be issued until the full and final payment has been received.
4.4 Where documents are sent by post pursuant to clause 4.2.2 they are sent at Your risk and We cannot be liable for items lost in the post.
4.5 In the event that airline tickets become lost or stolen, it is necessary for You to complete an indemnity form to be passed to the airline. Some carriers are then prepared to issue replacement tickets immediately but may impose a fee for this. Other airlines require full payment to issue replacement ticket and will refund the amount paid for the original documents at a later date. You should be aware that this process can take up to 18 months. Unused or part used air tickets are returned to the airline for authorisation and calculation of any refund due. We will deduct from any refund received back from the airline an amount equivalent to the deposit and 15% of the total cost as a cancellation charge. Refunds can take up to 6 months in total but most of the Hajj tickets are non-refundable /non-chargeable. Please be informed that We do not refund the amount paid for the original or any other documentation unless refund is given to Us.
- Price and Payment
5.1 The deposit which is NON-REFUNDABLE is due and payable at the time of submitting the Booking Form. The exact amount of the deposit will be as detailed in the Brochure. Where no such amount is specified, We will advise You of the exact amount of the deposit when We send You a Booking Form. Otherwise We confirm that £500 is the minimum amount that is not refundable.
- 2 The balance of the price is due and payable eight weeks before the date of departure.
5.3 Where You submit the Booking Form less than eight weeks before the date for the balance of payment to be made pursuant to clause 5.2, the full price of the trip is due and payable with the Booking Form.
5.4 It is Your responsibility to ensure that the sums payable under the Agreement are made by the due date(s). Please note that it is not Our practice to send out reminders that sums are payable unless such sums are overdue.
5.5 If You fail to pay the deposit, the balance or any other sum due under the Agreement by the due dates Your booking may be cancelled without liability on Our part.
5.6 Payments can be made by the following methods:
5.6.1 Cheque or postal order made payable to “London Council for Hajj and Umrah Ltd”. Please allow ten days for the cheque to clear.
5.6.2 Cash; please contact us for an appointment.
5.6.3 Bank transfer; please contact us for account details
5.7 Payments shall not be deemed to have been received until it is received in cleared funds.
5.8 Any money paid to an authorised agent of Ours in respect of a booking covered by Our ATOL is held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail financially. If we do fail financially, any money held at that time by the agent or subsequently accepted from the customer by the agent, is and continues to be held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us.
5.9 It is possible that circumstances may arise that cause the price of the trip to increase or decrease. We may alter the price and inform you of the reasons. However, this is not everyday practice.
5.10 The price of your travel arrangements has been calculated using exchange rates quoted by Barclays Bank/ HSBC in relation to the following currencies: Saudi Riyal/ £GBP
5.11 The price of your confirmed package is subject at all times to variations in:
5.11.1 Transportation costs, including the cost of fuel; or
5.11.2 Dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or
5.11.3 Embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports; or
5.11.4 The exchange rates used to calculate your arrangements;
5.12 Such variations could include but are not limited to airline cost changes which are part of Our contracts with airlines (and their agents) and any other transport providers. We will absorb and You will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of Your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charge and/or additional services or travel arrangements. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission.
5.13 If any variation in price means that You have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of Your confirmed travel arrangements (excluding any insurance premiums, amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements), You will have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund of all money paid to Us, except for any insurance premiums and any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements. Should You decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise Your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on Your final invoice. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if You can show that You are unable to transfer or reuse Your policy.
5.14 There will be no change made to the price of Your confirmed package within 30 days of Your departure nor will refunds be paid during this period.
5.15 Should the price of Your package go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your confirmed journey cost, then any refund due will be paid to You. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of Your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
5.16 We only provide packages to Hajj and Umrah journey, any other packages are not protected by Us nor do we charge you for it
5.17 Your Financial Protection – Security in the event of Insolvency:
We provide financial security for flight inclusive Hajj and Umrah packages and flights under the ATOL scheme, granted by the CAA. Our ATOL number is (5171). When You buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive package from Us, You will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where You can get information on what this means for You and who to contact if things go wrong. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.
We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide You with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither We nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide You with the services You have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to You). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and You agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by You under Your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case You will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or Your credit card issuer where applicable).
If We, or the suppliers identified on Your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) You under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit You assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which You have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against Us, the travel agent (or Your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums You have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
5.18 If You book arrangements other than an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive package from Us, your money will not be financially protected. Please ask us for further details.
- Visa applications
6.1 We will organise Your Hajj and Umrah visa application of any person travelling in Your party and named in the Confirmation of Booking. You will offer Us all assistance that we require in obtaining the visa in good time for the date of departure. London Councel for Hajj & Umrah Ltd.
6.2 In particular You will provide Us with the following items in respect of You and each person travelling in Your party upon Our request by any deadline that We stipulate (at least 6 weeks before departure unless agreed otherwise):-
6.2.1 Passports. This must be valid for at least 8 months on the date of travel. Non-European community (EC) passport holders must have permanent residency, work permit or ‘leave to remain with spouse’ and must have entered the UK two months prior to applying. Children who have been endorsed on their parent’s passports will only be granted a visa if a photo of the child has also been endorsed on the passport by the Passport Office.
6.2.2 Four colour passport size photographs (must have white background);
6.2.3. A completed and signed Hajj visa application form and contract.
6.2.4 A valid meningitis (ACWY) immunisation certificate
6.2.5 A completed Mahram relationship declaration (for females and children under 16 years of age only)
6.3 We strongly recommend that You arrange for insurance in respect of postage of the above documentations as We cannot be liable for any documents lost either in the post or during the visa application process unless such loss arises from Our negligence.
6.4 We cannot guarantee that a visa application will be granted and cannot be liable for any refusal unless such refusal arises from our negligence. If the visa is refused, we cannot be held responsible for any consequential lost, e.g. loss of deposit, unpaid leave etc.
- Amendments and cancellation
7.1 If You wish to make any change to Your arrangements between the Confirmation of Booking and departure You must inform Us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst We will do Our best to assist, We cannot guarantee that We will be able to meet Your requested change. Where We can meet a request, each amendment will incur a fee of £100 per person. Any additional charges passed on to Us by airlines or other suppliers will be added to this amount. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and You should contact Us as soon as possible. Where We are unable to assist You and You do not wish to proceed with the original booking, we will treat this as a cancellation by You. A cancellation fee may be payable. If You are unable to travel for whatever reason it may not be possible to transfer Your booking to another person.
Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.
If You Cancel:
7.2 If You decided that You wish to cancel Your booking or change any element of the package You must inform Us in writing as soon as possible. You are also responsible for notifying us where a member of Your party wishes to cancel the booking or change any element of the journey. Only the person who made a booking may cancel a booking. Those who are 18 years old or above have to contact us directly.
7.2.1 Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by Us at Our offices and will be effective from the date on which We receive it. We recommend that You use recorded or special delivery. Since We incur costs in cancelling Your arrangements, You will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown below (The cancellation charge detailed is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges which are not refundable in the event of the person(s) to whom they apply cancelling):
- a)Before issuance of Visa:
- The day of booking to 90 days before the date of departure 10% of the package price;
- 42 – 89 days before the date of departure: 30% of the package price cost;
iii. 29-42 days before the date of departure 60% of the package price cost;
- 14-29 days before the date of departure 80% of the package price cost;
- 0-14 Days before the date of departure 95% of the package cost.
Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.
- b)After issuance of Visa:
- Please note that once visas have been issued, no refunds can be issued in the event you cancel your arrangements.
- We will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any money You have already paid to Us.
iii. If the reason for Your cancellation is covered under the terms of Your insurance policy, You may be able to reclaim these charges from Your insurance party.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Visas are non-transferable and We only have a limited quota of visas for which We can apply. Once We have met Our quota of visa applications, We will not be able to apply for any further visas, regardless of the circumstances. Due to the laws and regulations of Saudi Arabia, women are unable to travel to Saudi Arabia on their own and must at all times be accompanied by a male companion who is the woman’s husband, brother, son or father. In the event that, after the issuance of visas, the named male on any booking is unable to travel, because visas cannot be transferred after they have been issued, the entire booking will be treated as cancelled and no refund shall be given. For this reason We will wait as long as We can before issuing the visas for your group in order to reduce the risk of this happening. If, before the visa is issued, the male member of the group has to cancel, if his place can be transferred to another male who meets all necessary requirements, We may be able to transfer the place (subject to payment of all additional sums and his satisfying any visa application requirements). However once the visa has been issued, it cannot be transferred and due to the limited number of visas being issued, we will not be able to apply for another visa and therefore the entire group booking will have to be cancelled. Due to the late nature of this cancellation, no refunds will be possible.
7.3 Where You cancel the package prior to payment of balance the deposit of £500 is lost.
7.4 Where You cancel the package after payment of balance, You will lose Your deposit of £500.
7.5 Where You cancel the package or any part of it we recommend You check the terms of any insurance policy You purchased as You may be covered by the terms of such policy. You may be covered by Your insurance policy.
7.6 We will advise You of the exact amount of any cancellation fees before finalising the cancellation particularly if Your visas and air ticket of Hajj and Umrah was issued.
- 7 If circumstances force You to leave the Hajj or Umrah journey early, you will have to bear any additional costs resulting from early departure yourself.
If we Change or Cancel:
7.8 We hope that We will not have to cancel or make any changes to the Hajj or Umrah journey but, because aspects of the Hajj and Umrah are reliant on the Hajj Ministry (among other variables), We sometimes do need to make changes or cancellations. We reserve the right to do this at any time.
7.8.1 Whilst We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel the Hajj and Umrah journey We will not cancel Your travel arrangements less than 30 days before Your departure date except for reasons of force majeure or failure by You to pay the final balance.
7.8.2 Most alterations will be minor and, while We will do our best to notify You or Your party of any changes as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before Your departure, We will have no other liability to You. If such alternations occur during a journey We will attempt to make alternative arrangements so as to comply as closely as possible to the description of the journey in our brochure or otherwise advertised.
7.8.3 We are not liable to pay You any additional travel or any other costs, expenses or losses which You incur as a result of any change or cancellation by Us, such as changes to times of connecting flights or other travel arrangements.
7.8.4 We are not liable to You in any circumstances for loss or damage (including loss of your journey) resulting from unusual and/or unforeseeable circumstances which may arise and/or are beyond Our control or the consequences of which could not have been avoided even with all due care.
7.8.5 Due to the large number of pilgrims, delays and queues are expected in Saudi Arabia. Times that We have provided are provisional and tentative and it should be expected that delays may occur from time to time. You are requested to abide by the times provided by Your appointed group leader as that would override printed times. We reserve the right to change departure times if necessary or dictated by Saudi Arabian authorities but will inform You of the changes made. Date changes are rare and usually results from bad weather conditions, rescheduling times by the airlines, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical fault or industrial actions, all of which are beyond our control.
7.8.6 Occasionally We may have to make a major change to Your Confirmed Services. If We have to make a major change or cancel We will tell you as soon as possible and, if there is time to do so, before departure. We will offer you the choice of:
- a)(for major changes) accepting the changed arrangements,
- b)Having a refund of all money paid; or
- c)Accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from Us, if available (We will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).
7.8.7 You must notify Us of Your choice within 7 days of our offer. If You fail to do so We will assume that You have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking arrangements as identified by Us.
7.8.8 If We make a major change or cancel, less than 60 days before departure, and this is not due to a Force Majeure Event or Your failure to make payment on time, we will also pay compensation as detailed below:
- a)Period before departure when a major change/cancellation is notified
- 60 days or more 0.00
- 25-59 days £25.00
iii. 15-28 days £35.00
- 07-14 days £40.00
- Less than 07 days £50.00
7.8.9 The above sets out the maximum extent of Our liability for changes and cancellations and We regret We cannot meet any expenses or losses You may incur as a result of change or cancellation. Please note: where accommodation with a higher price than the original accommodation is offered by us and accepted by You, the difference in price will be deducted from any compensation payable. In no case will We pay compensation if accommodation is offered by Us and accepted by You with a higher price than that originally booked in the same location where no additional payment is made by You.
7.8.10 Very rarely, We may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 20) to change or terminate your arrangements after departure. If this situation does occur, We regret We will be unable to make any refunds (unless We obtain any from Our suppliers), pay You compensation or meet any costs or expenses You incur as a result.
7.8.11 If We become unable to provide a significant proportion of the services that You have booked with Us after you have departed, we will make alternative arrangements for You at no extra charge and, if appropriate in all the circumstances, will pay You reasonable compensation.
7.8.12 You agree that all these provisions are reasonable.
7.8.13 You accept at time of time complaint, you agree that Group Leaders Association of British Hujjaj will hear your case and their judgement will be accepted by all parties
- Time and routes
8.1 It is not possible for You to alter the routing of Your air ticket after the Confirmation of Booking has been issued. The timing of the flights and any eternal transportation are estimate only. Various factors may affect any timing given including adverse weather conditions, delay at check in, operational problem and airline procedures and We cannot guarantee that the departure times and duration of the journey will be accurate or as expected.
8.2 It is Your responsibility to ensure that You and Your party are at any meeting points at the relevant time. This applies to check in details, outgoing and incoming flights, any internal transportation and any excursions organised during Hajj or Umrah.
8.3 You should be aware that some carriers may also have special conditions of carriage which may exclude or restrict their liability to You [if you would like to see such conditions of carriage please contact the airline or visit the concerned airline’s website].
8.3.1 Please check on the airline website for the latest requirements of luggage.
- Data protection
9.1 The personal information that You provide to Us in connection with the booking of the package will be treated confidentially by Us. We will use Your information in order to discharge Our obligations under the Agreement. In doing so we may need to supply Your personal details and the personal details of persons named in the Confirmation of Booking to third parties supplying a particular component of the journey and/ or public authorities such as customs and immigration. Such information may include details of a sensitive personal nature. By submitting the Booking Form or by giving us your personal details over the phone.
9.1.1 You consent for Us to use Your personal information and allow others to access it for the purpose of discharging our obligations under the Agreement.
9.1.2 You acknowledge that each person named on the Booking Form has consented (or in the case of a person under the age of 18 years old, the parent or guardian of such person has consented) to Us using their personal information and allowing others to access it for the purpose of discharging Our obligations under the Agreement.
9.2 We may also use the personal details that You provide to Us for the following additional Purposes:
9.2.1 So we can contact You or persons named in the Confirmation of Booking (weather by post, telephone, text message or electronic mail) with details of products, services or any other information that we believe may be of interest to you.
9.2.2 For research and statistical purposes. Please note that the information we produce for these purposes will not include any details that could be used to identify You.
9.3 If You do not wish to be contacted about products, services or other information that may be of interest to You please let Us know in writing.
9.4 Where information is given to a third party the information will be subject to that organisation’s privacy and data protection policy. If You wish to have sight of such policies, We will use reasonable endeavours to obtain a copy for You subject to payment of a small administrative charge, the exact amount to be advised at the time of making the request. Please note that some third party suppliers may be based outside the European Community where data protection requirements may be less onerous.
10.1 We are legally obliged to advise You to take out adequate travel insurance and it is a condition of booking the Hajj that You take out appropriate travel insurance. Travel insurance is not included as part of Your Hajj and umrah package and it remains Your responsibility to purchase travel insurance separately. You must be satisfied that Your insurance fully covers all Your personal requirements including cancellation charges, medical expenses, pre-existing medical conditions and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. Cover should be obtained not only against normal travel risks, but against additional risks appropriate to the destination country. In particular, local road transport insurance may be inadequate, so You should check that Your cover includes accidents happening whilst you are a passenger in a vehicle. If You choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, You do so entirely at your own risk and we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available. If You require details of an insurance provider please Contact Us.
11.1 We endeavour to ensure that all the information and prices both on Our website and in our brochures are accurate; however occasionally changes and errors occur and we reserve the right to correct prices and other details in such circumstances. You must check the current price and all other details relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed.
- Conditions of Suppliers
12.1 You acknowledge that certain parts of the journey will be provided to You by third party suppliers, for example certain transport and accommodation, (“Third Party Services”). Such Third Party Services include, but are not limited to, all transport within Saudi Arabia and the quality and location of and the accommodation provided by any tents, all of which are provided and controlled by the Saudi Arabian Hajj Ministry. These Third Party Services may be provided in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will form part of your contract with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from us or the supplier concerned.
- Your Behaviour
13.1 All persons travelling with us are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and acceptable manner and not to disrupt the enjoyment of other travellers. If in our opinion or in the opinion of any our suppliers, representatives, agents or any other person in authority, your behaviour or that of any member of your party is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger or annoyance to other travellers, or any third party or damage to property, or to cause a delay or diversion to transportation, we reserve the right to terminate your booking arrangements with us immediately. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other service immediately, and you will be responsible for making your own way home. We will have no further obligations to you and/or your party. No refunds for lost accommodation or any other service will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of termination. You and/or your party may also be required to pay for loss and/or damage caused by your actions and we will hold you and each member of your party jointly and individually liable for any damage or losses caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or losses must be paid directly to the supplier concerned prior to departure. If you fail to make payment, you will be responsible for meeting any claims (including legal costs) subsequently made against us as a result of your actions together with all costs we incur in pursuing any claim against you. We cannot be held responsible for the actions or behaviour of other guests or individuals who have no connection with your booking arrangements or with us.
- Special Request
14.1 Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking in writing e.g. diet, room location, a particular facility at a hotel etc. You should then confirm your requests in writing. Whilst every effort will be made by us to try and arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. The fact that a special request has been noted on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation or that it has been passed on to the supplier is not confirmation that the request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed in writing from Us. We do not accept bookings that are conditional upon any special request being met.
- Disabilities and Medical Problems
15.1 We are not a specialist disabled travel company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your stay, please provide us with full details in writing before we confirm your booking so that we can try to advise you as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. You are required to contact your Doctor and to check if you are fit enough to embark on this journey. If any pilgrims have not given enough details with regards to his/her health conditions, we hold the right cancel the booking at anytime and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details.
16.1 If you have a complaint about your arrangements whilst away, you must immediately notify your group leader. If they are unable to resolve the problem immediately, and a member of our staff is not available, you should contact us straight away and we will endeavour to assist. If you do not give us the opportunity to resolve any problem locally by reporting it to the supplier, or informing us, then we may not be able to deal positively with any complaint on your return.
16.2 If the problem cannot be resolved and you wish to complain further you must send formal written notice of your complaint to us at the address set out next to the definition of “We”, “Us” or “Our” within 14 days of your return quoting your booking reference and all other relevant information and documentation. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you. Failure to follow the procedure set out in this clause may affect ours and the applicable supplier’s ability to investigate your complaint and will affect your rights under this contract.
16.3 If we cannot agree to resolve your complain, you may approach Licenced Hajj Organisers of British Hujjaj who have an Arbitration Panel which will deal with your complaint independently. The Group Leader Association of British Hujjaj can be contacted using the following methods of communication: (i) email at firstname.lastname@example.org; (ii) telephone on 07939034162 or 07801460000; or (iii) post at 495 Coventry Road, Small Health, Birmingham, B10 0JS
- Our Liability to You
17.1 This clause 17 sets out our liability (to you including any liability for the Acts and omissions of employees) in respect of:
17.1.1 The package or the journey;
17.1.2 Any breach of our contractual obligations arising pursuant to these term and conditions
17.1.3 Any representation, statement or tortuous act or omission including any negligence.
17.2 We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree in writing to provide or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 as set out below. Subject to these booking conditions, if we or our suppliers negligently perform or arrange the services which we are obliged to provide for you under our contract with you, as set out on your confirmation invoice, we will pay you reasonable compensation. The level of such compensation will be calculated taking into consideration all relevant factors and following the complaints procedure as described in these conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees’ or suppliers’ negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your journey. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
17.3 We will not be responsible or pay you compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description if it results from:-
- a)the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected;
- b)the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
- c)unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond ours or our supplier(s) control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or
- d)An event which either ourselves or suppliers could not, even with all due care, have foreseen or forestalled.
17.4 We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause:
17.4.1 loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money:
- a)The maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is an amount equivalent to the excess on your insurance policy which applies to this type of loss per person in total because you are assumed to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind.
17.4.2 Claims not falling under (a) above and which don’t involve injury, illness or death:
- a)The maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is twice the price paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking.
17.4.3 Claims in respect of international travel by air, sea and rail, or any stay in a hotel:
- a)The extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Warsaw/Montreal Convention (international travel by air); The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel) and The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. Please contact us. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company’s own ‘Conditions of Carriage’ will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those ‘Conditions of Carriage’. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract.
- b)In any circumstances in which a carrier is liable to you by virtue of the Denied Boarding Regulation 2004, any liability we may have to you under our contract with you, arising out of the same facts, is limited to the remedies provided under the Regulation as if (for this purpose only) we were a carrier.
17.5 When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question.
17.6 It is a condition of our acceptance of liability under this clause that you notify any claim to ourselves and our supplier(s) strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these conditions.
17.7 Where any payment is made, the person(s) receiving it (and their parent or guardian if under 18 years) must also assign to ourselves or our insurers any rights they may have to pursue any third party and must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require.
17.8 Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description:
17.8.1 which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you; or relate to any business.
17.9 You must tell us of any problem you experience at the earliest opportunity and in any event of the time limits set out in this clause 17. If the problem is with regard to a supplier of any component of the tour/package who is not a party to the agreement that has been involved with the performance of obligations, you must also advise that party at the time and the place where the obligations concerned are supplied.
17.10 In the case of damage arising from the non-performance or improper performance of our obligations under this agreement. We may pay you a reasonable amount of compensation which shall be limited in accordance with the Warsaw convention amended by the Hague PROTOCOL 1995 (in the case of air travel) and the 1962 Paris convention (in the case of hotel accommodation). We will not be liable to you under this clause 13.4 where the event of liability arises from any of the following:
17.10.1 The circumstances leading to or causing the event of liability are attributable to you or any person named in the confirmation of booking;
17.10.2 Such failures are attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the journey, and are unforeseeable or unavoidable;
17.10.3 such event of liability arises out of or in connection with unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or arises out of or in connection with an event which we or one of our third party suppliers (as applicable), even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.
17.11 Subject to clause 17.3, 17.4 and 17.6 in all other cases our total liability to you in respect of all claims, losses, damages, costs, charges, expenses, liabilities, demands, proceedings and actions (whether arising in contract, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise) shall not exceed 100 % of the sums paid in respect of each person named in the confirmation booking in respect of whom the loss is alleged.
17.12 Under no circumstances shall we be liable to you for any type of loss of any measure of pilgrim or loss of any nature whatsoever that does not flow directly and naturally from the event of liability even if such loss was reasonably foreseeable or the possibility of it being incurred had been advised.
17.13 You agree that to resolve your complaint using ‘Group Leader Association of British Hujjaj’ prior to approaching any other party. who have an Arbitration Panel which will deal with your complaint independently. The Group Leader Association of British Hujjaj can be contacted using the following methods of communication: (i) email at email@example.com; (ii) telephone on 07939034162 or 07801460000; or (iii) post at 495 Coventry Road, Small Health, Birmingham, B10 0JS
- Other Activities
18.1 Excursions or other activities that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are abroad are not part of your contracted arrangements with us. For any excursion or other activity that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or activity and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or activity or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.
- Notices and Communications
19.1 If you need to contact us for any reason, written correspondence should be sent by first class post to the address set out at the definition of “We” “Us” or Our”. If you would prefer to contact us by fax or by email please contact us for the relevant number and address.
19.2 If we need to contact You, we contact You via first class post or by telephone using the address and/or phone number that You specify in the Booking Form. Where either Party contacts the other via post, the correspondence shall be deemed to have been given two days after the date of posting. Where We contact you by telephone, the communication shall be deemed to have been given at the time when the telephone call was made.
- Events beyond our control
20.1 We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under these Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (“Force Majeure Event”).
20.2 A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-occurrence, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes, in particular (without limitation), the following:
20.2.1 Hajj Ministry Instructions directly impacting on travel, accommodation or pilgrimage sites.
20.2.2 Strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; or
20.2.3 Civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; or
20.2.4 Fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; or
20.2.5 Impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; or
20.2.6 Impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks.
20.3 Our obligations under these Terms are suspended for the period that the Force Majeure Event continues, and we will extend the time to perform these obligations for the duration of that period. We will take reasonable steps to bring the Force Majeure Event to a close or to find a solution by which our obligations under these Terms can be performed despite the Force Majeure Event.
- Delays and missed transport arrangements
21.1 If You or any member of Your party misses Your flight or other transport arrangement, it is cancelled or You are subject to a delay of over 3 hours for any reason, You must Contact Us and the airline or other transport supplier concerned immediately.
21.2 The Package Travel Regulations 1992 provide that in the event that You experience difficulty on the occurrence of circumstances described in clauses 17 (2) (a) (b) (c) or (d) of these booking conditions, we will provide You with prompt assistance. Where You experience a delay which is not owing to any failure by Us, Our employees or sub-contractors, this prompt assistance is likely to extend to providing help in locating refreshments, accommodation and communications but not paying for them. Any airline or other transport supplier may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these conditions, We will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if You fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making Your own travel arrangements.
21.3 Under EU Law, You have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from the airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. If the airline does not comply with these rules You should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority at www.caa.co.uk/passengers. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle You to a refund of Your holiday price from us. If, for any reason, You do not claim against the airline and make a claim for compensation from Us, you must, at the time of payment of any compensation to You, make a complete assignment to Us of the rights You have against the airline in relation to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. A delay or cancellation to Your flight does not automatically entitle You to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with Your flight.
21.4 We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 10 of these booking conditions (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on any flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time).
21.5 The carrier(s), flight timings and types of aircraft shown in this brochure or on Our website and detailed on Your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. We shall inform You of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as We become aware of it. The latest flight timings will be shown on Your tickets which will be despatched to You prior to departure. You should check Your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure You have the correct flight times. If flight times change after tickets have been dispatched We will contact You as soon as We can to let You know.
21.6 Please note the existence of a “Community list” (available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm) detailing air carriers that are subject to an operating ban with the EU Community.
- Disclaimer regarding Audio/Video recording of pilgrims
22.1 During our trip; photography, video and audio recording will occur.
22.2 By joining Our group, You consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that London Council for Hajj and Umrah, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK), its vendors, partners, affiliates and/or representatives deems fit to use.
22.3 You release London Council for Hajj and Umrah, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK), its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.
22.4 By joining our group, You waive all rights You may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, web-casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, web-casting or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by London Council for Hajj and Umrah, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK), or the person or entity designated to do so by London Council for Hajj and Umrah, South Tottenham, London, N15 4DW (UK), You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before joining our group.
23.1 No waiver or amendment of any provision of the agreement shall be effective unless made in writing signed by both parties. The waiver by either party of a breach or default of any of the provisions of this agreement by the other shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or other provisions nor shall any delay or omission on the part of either party to exercise or avail itself of any right, power or privilege that it has or may have under the agreement operate as a waiver of any breach or default by the other party.
23.2 The rights and obligations in this agreement are personal to You and You are not entitled to assign or otherwise transfer any of Your rights or obligations under the agreement.
23.3 If any provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall be found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable the invalidity or unenforceability of such provision shall not affect the other provisions of these Terms and Conditions and all provisions not affected by such invalidity or unenforceability shall remain in full force and effect.
23.4 It is Our intention that the Agreement (together with any documents referred to or executed under it including these Terms and Conditions and the Confirmation of Booking) and any specific terms confirmed and agreed in writing between the Parties constitutes the entire understanding between the Parties concerning the subject matter of the Agreement. In entering into the Agreement, You should not rely on any statements, promises or representations that are not expressly incorporated into the Agreement. Nothing in this Clause shall, however, operate to limit or exclude any liability of either party for fraudulent misrepresentation.
23.5 No provision of the Agreement is intended to or creates any right or benefit enforceable against the Parties to the Agreement under the contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
23.6 The law applicable to the agreement is English law. The Agreement shall be governed by English law in every particular including formation and interpretation and the Parties agree to irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
- Hijri Calendar
24.1 The itineraries for all of Our packages have been prepared in accordance with the published Saudi Arabian calendar. If due to the actual sighting of the moon the dates for Hajj are adjusted, We will be forced to change the itinerary accordingly by one or two days. Emergency alternative accommodation and transportation arrangements will be made. However, these may be of a lower standard than the package that You have booked and We cannot be held liable for this.
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