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Updated 10 August 2022

As is well-known, the Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam. In addition to this Ibāda (the act of worship), there is also the Umrah or the “minor Hajj,” which similarly necessitates Muslims to make their way to Saudi Arabia to complete a set of rituals. Every year, millions of pilgrims come to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, including the ones from UAE.

Below, we have gathered all the flight information for UAE pilgrims who wish to perform Umrah in a near future.

Flights from UAE to Saudi Arabia

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*All prices and schedules are for flights in July 2022; they are accurate at the time of writing. 

Emirates

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight schedule and rates

  • Dubai to Riyadh: Up to 3 direct flights are available every day of the week. Roundtrip ticket rates start at AED 2,177
  • Dubai to Dammam: Up to direct flights are available every day of the week. Roundtrip ticket rates start at AED 1,326

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight time 

Direct flights operated by Emirates are scheduled to take 2 to 3 hours to reach Saudi Arabia from UAE. Connecting flights could take up to 9 to 11 hours in accordance with the layover periods.

Please visit Wego for Emirates full schedule.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways offers both direct and connecting flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Jeddah with one layover at Riyadh International Airport and at Abu Dhabi International Airport for routes from Dubai.

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight schedule and rates

  • Abu Dhabi to Riyadh: Multiple direct flights are available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,135
  • Abu Dhabi to Dammam: Multiple direct flights are available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,233

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight time 

Direct flights operated by Etihad Airways are scheduled to take 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Saudi Arabia from UAE. Connecting flights could take up to 6 and 24 hours in accordance with the layover periods.

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Flydubai

Flydubai offers one route from Dubai to Riyadh with one direct flight.

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight schedule and rates

  • Dubai to Riyadh: Multiple direct flights are available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,431

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight time 

Direct flights operated by Flydubai are scheduled to take 3 hours and 5 minutes to reach Saudi Arabia from UAE.

Please visit Wego for Flydubai full schedule.

Saudia

Saudia offers several routes from UAE to Riyadh with both direct and connecting flights.

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight schedule and rates

  • Dubai to Riyadh: Multiple direct flights and 2 connecting flights are available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,339
  • Abu Dhabi to Riyadh: A direct flight and up to 4 connecting flights are available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,371

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight time 

Direct flights operated by Saudia are scheduled to take 2 hours to reach Saudi Arabia from UAE. Connecting flights could take up to 6 hours in accordance with the layover periods.

Please visit Wego for Saudia full schedule.

Flynas Air

Flynas Air offers several routes from UAE to Jeddah with both direct and connecting flights with one layover at Riyadh International Airport.

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight schedule and rates

  • Dubai to Riyadh: Up to 2-3 direct flights and multiple connecting flights available every week. Roundtrip tickets start at AED 1,068

UAE to Saudi Arabia flight time 

Direct flights operated by Flynas are scheduled to take 2 hours and 50 minutes to reach Saudi Arabia from UAE. Connecting flights could take up to 7 hours and 45 minutes in accordance with the layover periods.

Please visit Wego for Flynas full schedule.

Can UAE travellers fly to Saudi Arabia for Umrah?

UAE travellers can go to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. Saudi Arabia is currently issuing permits to foreign pilgrims wishing to perform the Umrah, including the ones from the UAE. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reopened Umrah visa applications following a successful Hajj season. Umrah seekers from all over the world are now allowed to apply for the pilgrimage which will recommence on 30 July 2022.

To find out how you can apply for the Umrah visa from your country of residence, please do refer to our dedicated article below.

Umrah Visa: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?

Travelling to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government has also introduced the Umrah e-visa, which allows pilgrims to apply for the Umrah visa themselves as opposed to travel agents or tour operators. The new facility enables pilgrims to obtain the Umrah e-visa in just 24 hours and books their own flights and accommodations.

Moreover, the newly introduced Umrah e-visa allows holders to freely travel within the Kingdom, which means the new Umrah e-visa may also serve as a visit visa for Umrah or a tourist visa for Umrah.

Additionally, the Saudi government has also eased most COVID-related restrictions for international arrivals from essentially all countries including:

  • Pilgrims are no longer needed to present a PCR test upon arrival
  • Pilgrims no longer need to present proof of vaccination when issuing Umrah permits.
  • Unvaccinated pilgrims can perform Umrah as long as they are not infected with COVID-19 or in contact with people who are infected with COVID-19.
  • Children aged 5 and above can apply for an Umrah permit and pray at the Holy Rawdah.

However, travellers arriving on visit visas (including Umrah pilgrims) must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

Returning back to the UAE

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the UAE, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has updated testing and quarantine requirements for Hajj pilgrims returning back to the country from Saudi Arabia.

Upon returning back to the UAE, all Hajj pilgrims are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test on arrival, a mandatory COVID-19 test on day 4 after arrival and stay in home quarantine for 7 days.

What are the requirements of Umrah 2022?

The following are the latest Umrah requirements as per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Umrah testing requirements

All foreign pilgrims are now allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah without having to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result before departure to the Kingdom. Additionally, travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

There are two main requirements for people looking to perform the Umrah: an Umrah visa and a permit.

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Umrah vaccine requirements

While Saudi Arabia has lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions, pilgrims looking to perform the Umrah are required to present proof of vaccination upon their arrival at the Kingdom.

The approved vaccines are:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

For holders of Umrah visas vaccinated with vaccines other than the ones mentioned above, quarantine may be mandatory.

Source: وزارة الحج والعمرة – الأسئلة الشائعة (haj.gov.sa) 

Apart from the COVID vaccine, there are a few more vaccine requirements that foreign pilgrims have to pay attention to before their arrival in Saudi Arabia:

Yellow Fever vaccine: All foreign pilgrims arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate showing the person was vaccinated at least 10 days and no more than 10 years before their arrival.

Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine: All foreign pilgrims have to be vaccinated against meningitis at least ten days and no more than three years before their arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Polio vaccine: All foreign pilgrims from polio-endemic countries and re-established transmission countries have to at least receive one dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at least six weeks before their arrival to Saudi Arabia. They will have to present their proof of vaccination upon their arrival and they will also receive one more dose of OPV on their arrival.

Seasonal Flu Shot: The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia recommends all foreign pilgrims be vaccinated against seasonal influenza before their arrival to KSA. Pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with underlying health conditions are highly recommended to take the Seasonal Flu Shot before their arrival.

Umrah vaccine registration

An individual’s vaccination status will first need to be registered on Saudi Arabia’s Muqeem portal, at least 72 hours before departure to the Kingdom.

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The vaccination certificates are required to be attested by the official health authorities from the origin country of travellers. This can be the Ministry of Health or an authorized health authority. The original certificate needs to be carried upon travelling to/from the Kingdom.

All information will be verified prior to boarding and at the entry points. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in entry prevention and other legal consequences.

Umrah quarantine requirements

In line with Saudi Arabia’s latest Umrah entry requirements, no quarantine will be necessary for all foreign pilgrims fully vaccinated with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen.

For those who have had one dose of the following vaccines:

  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Covaxin

they will be subject to institutional quarantine for three days and must submit a PCR test certificate after 48 hours from the date of institutional quarantine.

Social distancing and mask-wearing

The Hajj and Umrah authorities have lifted the social distancing measures in the Grand Holy Mosque, the Prophet’s Holy Mosque and all other mosques. Note that mask-wearing, though not required outdoors, is still required to be worn inside mosques and other indoor facilities.

What type of visa is needed for Umrah?

Foreign pilgrims from the UAE may apply for either the Umrah visa or the Umrah e-visa to embark on the religious journey.

Umrah visa

As per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, pilgrims are encouraged to contact an approved tourism company or agency in their country of residence to obtain the service package, complete the visa requirements, and book an appointment for Umrah and prayer in the Ar-Rawdhah Ash-Shareefah.

Alternatively, pilgrims may also arrange their Umrah trip directly through any of the approved platforms listed here.

Visit visa for Umrah in 24 hours

Umrah seekers outside Saudi Arabia may apply for their Umrah visa individually with the issuance time taking up to 24 hours.

As of yet, there haven’t been any official details on where aspiring pilgrims may apply for the E-visa. We will update you as soon as more information surfaces.

Umrah permit

All pilgrims can issue their permits on the Tawakkalna or Eatmarna app. Additionally, pilgrims may also identify the most suitable time to perform Umrah based on the crowd percentage and time of day. While entry to the Grand Mosque no longer requires a permit, Umrah pilgrims still require a permit to perform Umrah and pray in the Holy Rawdah, the chamber where Prophet Mohammed is buried.

In order to be considered immune you must be either:

  • fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom, or;
  • fully vaccinated by one of the vaccines approved by WHO but not approved in the Kingdom and have received a booster dose from one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom

Please note that the Umrah permit will be immediately cancelled if:

  • The individual is infected with COVID-19
  • The individual had been in contact with an infected person
  • The visa holder does not enter the KSA 6 hours before the Umrah booking date

According to the latest update, a verification of a person’s vaccination status is no longer required when issuing an Umrah permit and a permit to enter the two Holy Mosques. In other words, unvaccinated pilgrims are allowed to perform Umrah as long as they are not infected with COVID-19 or in contact with people who got infected by COVID-19. Although, a permit is still needed for performing Umrah and praying in the Holy Rawdah, the chambers where Prophet Mohammed is buried.

In the article below, we have listed all the requirements and steps to obtain both requirements for UAE pilgrims. Check it out for more details. 

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From UAE

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