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Updated 10 June 2022

Umrah is one of the important pilgrimages that Muslims may perform at any time during the year in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage is a part of the grand pilgrimage, Hajj, which is performed annually.

We’ve gathered all the important information that you need to perform Umrah from Qatar in this article. Read further to find out.

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Saudi Arabia is currently issuing permits to foreign pilgrims wishing to perform the Umrah, including the ones from Qatar. Additionally, the Saudi government has also lifted all 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 upon arrival, hence, unvaccinated pilgrims can perform Umrah at any time of their convenience.
  • Children aged 5 and above can apply for an Umrah permit and pray at the Holy Rawdah.
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However, travellers arriving on visit visas (including Umrah pilgrims) must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.

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There are two main requirements for people looking to perform the Umrah: an Umrah visa and permit. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the launch of an electronic service to apply for an Umrah visa for individual Umrah pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims from America, Europe, and Australia can also register electronically for this year’s Hajj season via https://www.motawif.com.sa/home/en-sa. Applicants must ensure that they fulfil all the necessary conditions, including being fully vaccinated against coronavirus, under 65 years (i.e., born after 1-7-1957 A) and can present a pre-departure negative PCR test result.

When is the best time for Umrah 2022?

Many Muslims prefer to perform Umrah during Ramadan. Especially since the holy month itself is believed to be a time where the Qur’an is first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, thus, Ramadan is marked as the month full of blessings. That is why, all good deeds are encouraged during Ramadan, including Umrah.

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However, visiting Umrah during Ramadan can be a little bit expensive, since the cost of the Umrah package is expected to rise during Ramadan, especially on the last 10 days of Ramadan since people are wanting to spend the last days of Ramadan in the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. A significant rise in cost has been reported for Umrah packages from Umrah operators in Saudi Arabia from SAR110 to SAR200.

The same case will likely occur for Umrah operators in Qatar as well, considering Saudi Arabia now has established the Value Added Tax (VAT) to 15%, foreign exchange rate and other aspects would make the cost of Umrah packages rise.

What are the requirements for Umrah 2022? 

There are two main requirements for foreign pilgrims looking to perform the Umrah; an Umrah visa and permit. Here, we list all the requirements and steps to obtain both requirements for Qatari pilgrims.

Umrah visa

An Umrah visa allows holders to enter Saudi Arabia for up to 14 days with a validity period of 30 days since the date of issuance. Holders of the Umrah visa must complete the Umrah and ensure their departure from Saudi Arabia is within the allotted time.

Requirements of the Umrah visa are as follows:

  • a completed original Umrah visa application form. This form can be obtained by sending a large, self-addressed envelope to your nearest Saudi consulate. However, it is advisable to enlist the help of a certified travel agent to ensure the process goes smoothly
  • one recent passport-size color photograph with a white background. The entirety of the applicant’s face must be wholly visible visa and directly facing the camera. Side or angled views will not be accepted
  • a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of the application
  • a confirmed and non-refundable airline ticket. Departure from Saudi Arabia must be within two weeks from the date of entry
  • a valid residency permit must be submitted if the applicant is not a national of the country he/she is applying from
  • a vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis, Yellow Fever (if you are from one of the high-risk countries) and Polio (if you are from one of the high-risk countries) should be attached. The certificate of vaccination must have been issued at least 10 days prior to entry while not exceeding three years. The vaccination certificates must be carried by the pilgrim into Saudi Arabia. Note: COVID-19 vaccination certificate is required to enter Saudi Arabia, but it is not one of the requirements of the Umrah visa.

Additional requirements include:

  • for those whose names do not reflect their Islamic belief, they must attach a certificate issued by a mosque or an Islamic center stating that the applicant is indeed a Muslim

Recently, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allowed women aged 18 to 65 to perform Umrah without a male guardian or “mahram”, but on the condition that they are a part of a group. They are also required to be vaccinated for one dose (partially vaccinated) and free of any diseases.

After gathering all the requirements, you are strongly encouraged to enlist the services of an authorized tour operator to apply for your Umrah visa.

Can I perform Umrah using a tourist visa?

Normally, yes you can. Everyone visiting Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa may obtain an Umrah permit by applying through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna app.

However, Saudi authorities have recently announced a rule where all expatriates wishing to enter Makkah are required to first obtain an entry permit. This means that holders of tourist or visit visas wishing to perform Umrah may only do so after they have secured the Makkah entry permit.

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This requirement will apply until the end of this year’s Hajj season.

Once the Hajj season is over, performing Umrah on a tourist visa does offer its own advantages such as a longer stay period, permission for multiple entries, and the freedom to choose your own hotel for Umrah.

Here are our top picks of hotels in Makkah and Madinah that you can book to ensure suitable accommodation:

Makkah Tower Hotel

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Set in the heart of the Makkah overlooking the Masjid al Haram, the Makkah Tower Hotel offers a range of excellent rooms and suites set in a prime location. Enjoy a host of premium amenities, including excellent dining and majestic views from the panoramic glass lifts.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/1-minute walk
Price: From QAR 322 per night

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Pullman ZamZam Makkah

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The Pullman ZamZam Makkah hotel is an iconic 5-star hotel that regularly welcomes Umrah and Hajj pilgrims with Hijazi hospitality. The hotel provides pilgrims with partial views over the ever-inspiring Kaaba and the Masjid Al Haram. Amenities include an excellent in-room dining experience featuring international and oriental specialities and facilities for the disabled.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/1-minute walk
Price: From QAR 368 per night

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Conrad Makkah

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Umrah pilgrims will definitely be able to take advantage of the hotel’s close proximity to both the Masjid al Haram and the Kaaba. Conrad Makkah features a fusion of contemporary and traditional Islamic architecture and a range of dining options serving Arabic and international cuisine, a fitness center, and light-filled meeting spaces.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Masjid al Haram: less than 1 kilometer/3-minute walk
Price: From QAR 707 per night

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Crowne Plaza Madinah

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The hotel is in proximity to Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. Pilgrims can walk or take a free shuttle directly to the entrances of the Prophet’s Holy Mosque. The hotel concierge can help with suggestions on restaurants, markets and shopping malls in nearby areas in Madinah.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 1.1 kilometer/6-minute walk
Price starts from QAR 647 per night.

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Madinah Hilton

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Madinah Hilton is a two-minute walk from the Masjid al-Nabawi and Holy Rawdah. It is located at a 25 minutes distance from the airport and has shops, 2 restaurants and 1 café. The hotel also provides a range of kids’ amenities upon request.

Rating: 5*
Distance to Prophet’s Holy Mosque: 2.5 kilometer/16-minute walk
Price starts from QAR 1,436 per night.

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Note: Hotel and accommodation prices are accurate at the time of writing.

Umrah permit

The Umrah permit is issued through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps.

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You can use the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications to pre-plan your Umrah and register for your permit. You can also identify the most suitable time to perform Umrah based on the crowd percentage and time of day.

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. 

Muqeem arrival registration for Umrah pilgrims

Your vaccination status will first need to be registered on Saudi Arabia’s Muqeem portal at least 72 hours before departure to the Kingdom. Since Umrah pilgrims are categorized as short-term visitors, you would first need to register your arrival and vaccine certificate here.

For details on how you can register yourself on the arrival registration platform, please do refer to our dedicated article.

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Where can I book the Umrah package from Qatar? 

You can book your Umrah package from one of the approved Umrah tour agents by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf). They will book your Umrah basic package, grant Umrah visas to Qatari citizens and residents, secure all your essential licenses, and carry you throughout all the procedures of Umrah.

Ansar for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Wadi Al Qura Street, Al Maamoura, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4411 4225 | Mob: +974 7022 4045
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Al Furqan for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Alkhaleej Street, Nasrallah Center, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4468 9044 | Mob: +974 5588 3428
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Alnoor for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Next to Qatar Post, Madinat Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, Doha – Qatar
  • Mob: +974 3377 9299
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Alquds for Hajj and Umrah and Tourism

  • Location: Ibn Mahmoud Street, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4421 2137
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm, Friday: closed

Bin Darwish for Hajj and Umrah 

  • Location: Adbul Rahman Bin Jasim Street, Al Wakrah – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4432 9090 | Mob: +974 5555 7424
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Durra Makka for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Off Ibn Nubata, Madinat Khalifa South, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4492 9223 / +974 449224 | Mob: +974 5533 8217 / +974 7706 5655
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 4:30 pm – 9 pm, Friday: closed

Hatim Hajj and Umrah office

  • Location: Apartment 16, Second Floor, Al Hail Building, Next to Al Rawnaq, Airport Commercial Street, Matar Qaadeem, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4465 1749 | Mob: +974 5544 3343
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Friday: closed

Labbaik for Hajj and Umrah 

  • Location: Al Nasr Street, Al-Mirqab Al Jadeed, Doha – Qatar
  • Mob: +974 3325 1144
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 9 pm, Friday: closed

Nosok for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Wholesale Market Road, Abu Hamour Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4036 0770 | Mob: +974 5519 8003
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 9 pm; Friday: closed

Taiba for Hajj and Umrah

  • Location: Next to Qatar Post, Madinat Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, Doha – Qatar
  • Tel: +974 4488 4929 | Mob: +974 6675 1996
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm; Friday: closed

For more information, you can contact the Department of Hajj and Umrah in Qatar through their hotline at 132.

What is the cost of the Umrah package?

The Umrah package usually includes travel, hotel stay, and is inclusive of visa costs. The average price of an Umrah package is around QR 5,000 with some of the more deluxe packages costing as high as QAR 9,000.

A typical Umrah package generally consists of a 7 to 14-day trip through the cities of Makkah and Madinah. For a 7-day package, the itinerary consists of a 4-night and 3-night stay in Makkah and Madinah respectively. A 14-day Umrah package typically consists of 8 nights in Makkah and 4 Nights in Madinah.

All types of Umrah packages can be booked by the approved Hajj and Umrah agents listed above.

What are some of the rules to observe during Umrah? 

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that children aged 7 and above can now enter the two Holy Mosques provided the Tawakkalna application shows their health status as “immune”.

Saudi Arabia has also lifted social distancing measures in the Grand Holy Mosque, the Prophet’s Holy Mosque and all other mosques. Masks, though not required outdoors, must be worn inside mosques and other indoor facilities.

You can also check out our article on the latest update of Umrah 2022 below.

Umrah 2022: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Pilgrimage

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