Selected Writings
on Pilgrimage
What is
Pilgrimage?
Visiting the
Twin Holy Shrines
Visiting Bahá’í Holy
Places in ’Akká
Visiting
Mount Carmel
Before
You Apply
Applying for
Pilgrimage
After
You Apply
Pilgrimage
Leaflets
Other Visits to
the Holy Land

Pilgrimage season

The pilgrimage season is from late October through the following July of every year; there are no pilgrimages in August or September.  More information.

Request date

Pilgrimage assignments are based on the date of receipt of a believer’s request for pilgrimage.   More information.

Method of correspondence

All correspondence regarding pilgrimage requests is exchanged directly between the individual pilgrim and the Bahá’í World Centre. Applicants are asked to communicate with the World Centre in writing only; telephoned requests for pilgrimage cannot be accepted. Correspondence to the Department of Pilgrimage may be by email, post, or fax.   More information.

Previous pilgrimage

There is to be a lapse of five years from the date of the completion of a believer’s pilgrimage before a subsequent request for pilgrimage is submitted. Thus, a believer who has been on pilgrimage within the previous five years should not write to request a new pilgrimage until five years have passed from the date of his or her previous one.  More information.

Exchange places

Believers may not exchange their places in the pilgrimage queue, give up their places for friends or relatives, or transfer their pilgrimage invitation to another person.

Family application

A Bahá’í in good standing may apply for pilgrimage on behalf of up to 15 family members, whether Bahá’í or non-Bahá’í, to whom he or she is closely related, provided five years have lapsed since the date of each individual's last pilgrimage. The family members who are eligible for inclusion on the original application or for addition to an existing application are limited to:

Fiancé(e)s, spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and includes similar categories of relations formed by legal bonds such as marriage or adoption.  More information.

Children

Parents are discouraged from bringing children under the age of ten. In the event they do, they should know that children are not permitted to visit the International Archives Building unless they have passed their ninth birthday. Parents may not call upon World Centre staff for babysitting services; it will be necessary for them to make their own arrangements for childcare.  More information.

Age of 18

Individual applications from persons under the age of 18 are not accepted; however, these individuals may ask to be placed on their parents’ request or they may wait until they have reached their 18th birthday and make a separate request for themselves.

Loss of rights

Believers who are without their administrative rights as a result of administrative sanctions are not permitted to participate in a nine-day pilgrimage. They are also not permitted to apply for pilgrimage, nor may they remain on the waiting list.  More information.

Requests to come together

Should believers other than extended family wish to come together to the Holy Land, they should submit their requests for pilgrimage at the same time. They will not be recognized as a group but, as their request dates will be the same, it is likely that they will be considered for a pilgrimage in close proximity to each other and that there will be common pilgrimage dates among the range of twelve dates presented to each of them. Thus, when they are ready to prioritize their dates, they should consult with each other, indicating in the margins that they wish to come on pilgrimage together and submit their application forms in the same envelope. However, there is no guarantee that they will be invited together, since assignments will depend on such things as the availability of space, the number of children already assigned to the group, language assignments and other considerations. Please note that this procedure applies to a maximum of 15 individuals.  More information.

Abolished practices

The following are policies of the pilgrimage scheduling system which abolish certain practices of the past:

  1. Believers who are on a brief visit to the Holy Land may not join a nine-day pilgrimage group, no matter what vacancies may occur.
  2. The practice of filling last-minute vacancies by issuing invitations to applicants who had indicated that they could come at short notice is no longer followed.  More information.
  3. Requests to be invited for specific pilgrimage dates cannot be accommodated. It is envisaged that the new policy of offering each pilgrim a range of dates from which to choose will make it easier for believers to come during a period which is convenient for them. Believers are also welcome to request permission for a three-day visit at any time.  More information.
  4. The practice of scheduling special groups of pilgrims (youth, community, etc.) has been discontinued since the beginning of the 1993–1994 season.  More information.

Health Insurance

We wish to draw your attention to the importance of having medical insurance for the duration of your stay in the Holy Land. For more information click here.