The Saudi government recently created an electronic facility for Umrah pilgrims, allowing them to receive their Umrah visa in as little as 24 hours. Umrah applicants from all over the world can now apply immediately for the visa using a certified web service. The Umrah visa now has a three-month validity period instead of just one month.. This new system also permits pilgrims to travel freely throughout Saudi Arabia. While an electronic facility for Umrah visas has purportedly been launched, no information on where Umrah candidates can register has been provided. This section will be updated as new data becomes available.
Meanwhile, the Saudi government suggests that you secure your Umrah visa through an authorised travel agent in your country. Simply fill out the form, upload the needed documents, pay, and wait for a response to apply for an Umrah e-visa.
Women between the ages of 18 and 65 are now able to perform Umrah without a male guardian or “mahram,” but only in groups. They must also be healthy and have had one vaccination dose.
Saudi Arabia is currently giving permits to overseas pilgrims who intend to undertake the Umrah. In addition, the Saudi government has eliminated all COVID-related limitations for overseas arrivals from nearly all nations, including: When pilgrims arrive, they are no longer needed to submit a PCR test. Unvaccinated pilgrims can now do Umrah at their leisure because they are no longer obliged to produce proof of vaccination upon arrival. Children as young as five years old are permitted to seek for an Umrah permit and worship at the Holy Rawdah.
The Saudi government recently issued a new rule requiring any expatriates intending to enter Makkah to first get an entry permission. This means that anyone with a tourist or visit visa who wishes to perform Umrah must first get a Makkah entry permit.
Many Muslims prefer to conduct Umrah during Ramadan. Ramadan is renowned as the month of blessings since it is considered to be the time when the Qur a was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW. As a reason, throughout Ramadan, all good deeds, including Umrah, are encouraged.
However, visiting Umrah during Ramadan can be expensive, as the cost of the Umrah package is likely to rise during Ramadan, especially during the last 10 days of Ramadan, as people desire to spend the last days of Ramadan in the holy cities of Makkah and Medina.
The price of Umrah packages from Saudi Umrah providers has risen dramatically, from SAR110 to SAR200. The same is likely to be true for Umrah operators in India, given that Saudi Arabia has hiked VAT to 15%, and that foreign exchange rates and other variables would increase the cost of Umrah packages.