The pilgrimage season is from late October through the following July of every year; there are no pilgrimages in August or September. More information.
Pilgrimage assignments are based on the date of receipt of a believer’s request for pilgrimage. More information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following are policies of the pilgrimage scheduling system which abolish certain practices of the past:
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