A guide to applying for your Umrah visa to Saudi Arabia, for pilgrims inside and outside the kingdom
14 July 2022| Last updated on 15 July 2022
The Umrah season in Saudi Arabia will start from Saturday July 30.
Muslims outside Saudi Arabia who wish to perform Umrah can apply for the visa from Thursday July 14, announced the Kingdom's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
July 30th, 2022, will mark the start of the Umrah season for pilgrims inside and outside the country, stated the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The visa news came after the Kingdom announced a successful Hajj season, with zero recorded disease outbreaks or accidents among the pilgrims. Health measures will also be put in place to ensure the safety of visitors during the Umrah season.
What is Umrah?
The fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj, (meaning "pilgrimage") is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims.
Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be made year-round. Those who wish to perform Umrah must travel to Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia from to perform religious rites.
What are the requirements to apply for an Umrah visa?
The requirements vary depending on the country you're arriving from into Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrims outside of the kingdom who wish to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet's mosque can view the visa requirements online through the ministry's website, HERE, and simply select the country you are travelling from using the drop-down menu.
Covid-19 vaccine requirements
All foreign visa applicants are required to have completed their Covid-19 vaccination, and the type of shot must fall under the list of approved Covid vaccines by Saudi Arabia’s government. Umrah pilgrims may need to present a valid Covid vaccine certificate from the respective country the vaccine was received in.