a. Saudi Government regulations require your passport to be valid
for at least six months past the date of your departure. If it is not,
have its validity extended or get a new passport well ahead of time. It
takes several weeks for a passport to be issued or extended under normal
circumstances. Your local post office should have the necessary forms
and other relevant information.
b. You will need a round-trip ticket to Saudi Arabia for a Hajj
visa to be issued. Your travel agent will ask you for a specific package
of documents to be submitted with your visa application. Normally, the
agent will take care of the visa application as a part of his services.
c. Your travel agent will probably ask you for four to five
passport-sized pictures for a visa and other paper work. Have an
additional four to five copies of the photos made and take them with you
to Saudi Arabia. They may be needed for ID cards issued by your muallim
and other Saudi documents and procedures. Having spare pictures on hand
will save you the time, aggravation, and expense involved in having them
made in a foreign land.
d. Prepare a Last Will and Testament and have it properly
notarized. Consult an attorney if it is a complicated will, or if you
have concerns about your assets and property in case of something
untoward happening to you during Hajj. Leave the original in a safety
deposit box accessible to a member of your family. The
executor/executrix of your will should also be given a copy, and your
attorney should probably retain a copy also. Have him explain to you,
and the immediate members of your family affected by the will, the
probate laws of your state and advise them as to the best course of
action in case of your death abroad.