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Updated May 2023
The Umrah is a voluntary pilgrimage that can be undertaken by any physically capable Muslim who has the financial means to do so. It is considered a way for Muslims to seek forgiveness, spiritual renewal, and a closer connection to Allah. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for Muslims to visit the birthplace of their religion and the holiest sites in Islam.
However, it’s worth noting that the Saudi government occasionally suspends Umrah services temporarily due to various reasons. During such periods, advance notification is usually provided to inform Muslims about the last day available for them to embark on the minor pilgrimage. It is advisable to stay informed about the latest updates and news regarding the final date for Umrah prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia.
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Umrah last date 2023
To ensure the well-being of both the nation and the pilgrims, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia occasionally suspends its services for Umrah. This involves temporarily halting the issuance of Umrah permits and restricting travel to the country for Umrah purposes. Individuals already in the country with an Umrah visa will be given a designated date by which they must depart. The temporary halt aims to prioritize the convenience and safety of all parties involved.
To facilitate the smooth organization of the Hajj pilgrimage in 2023, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the temporary suspension of Umrah services in Saudi Arabia. As per the announcement, the issuance of Umrah permits will cease after the 15th of Dhul Qadah, which falls on 4 June. After this designated date, individuals who do not possess a permit to undertake Umrah will be required to wait until the issuance of permits resumes following the conclusion of the Hajj season. This measure ensures the proper management and prioritization of resources for the Hajj pilgrimage while accommodating the needs of prospective Umrah pilgrims.
Additionally, the ministry emphasized that individuals holding an Umrah visa must depart from the Kingdom by the 29th of Dhul Qadah, which corresponds to 18 June. It was firmly stated by the ministry that those with Umrah visas are prohibited from participating in the Hajj pilgrimage.
Please refer to our article below for recent updates and news about Hajj 2023.
Makkah entry restrictions
As part of the preparations for the upcoming Hajj season, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also implemented a ban on residents and visitors entering Makkah without a permit. This regulation has been put in place to ensure the smooth organization of the pilgrimage, which is set to commence in a few weeks. Consequently, Umrah pilgrims holding visas other than Umrah visas must either leave the country, remain outside Makkah, or obtain a Makkah permit to gain access to the holy city. Check out our article to learn more about Makkah permits.