Muslims from around the world who wish to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia have to first obtain a visa first
7 October 2018| Last updated on 27 December 2018
The number of Umrah visitors in Saudi Arabia this year has exceeded expectations so far.
Reaching almost 282,124 Umrah visitors, Saudi Arabia has issued that many visas to visiting Muslims from around the world, according to the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
What makes things even more interesting is that some of the pilgrims didn’t come into the Kingdom by air – only 89,990 did.
The remaining number of 6,048 had arrived to Saudi Arabia and entered by land.
There are about 87,232 pilgrims that are still in Saudi Arabia - 65,967 are still in Makkah while 21,265 are in Madinah.
Here’s the nationality breakdown of Umrah performers this year so far:
- Pakistan – 46,202 pilgrims
- India – 25,580 pilgrims
- Indonesia – 5,853 pilgrims
- Sri Lanka – 2,663 pilgrims
- Jordan – 2,585 pilgrims
Umrah in Saudi Arabia
The total number of Muslims who arrived in the Kingdom to perform Umrah last year was 19,079,306.
This comes to no surprise as Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims.
It also aims to provide them with excellent services for a truly enriching experience.