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Updated 29 September 2022

One of the significant pilgrimages that Muslims may carry out in Saudi Arabia at any time of the year is Umrah. This pilgrimage is a part of the greater, yearly Hajj pilgrimage.

In this article, we’ve included all the crucial information you’ll need to purchase your Umrah package. Read further to learn more.

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Umrah 2022 news

As per an announcement made by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the requirement to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result to enter Saudi Arabia for international Umrah pilgrims has been lifted. The move is taken due to the decline in COVID cases within the Kingdom coinciding with the start of the new Umrah season on 3 August 2022. However, it’s important to note that the requirement for obtaining health insurance to cover COVID-19 treatment costs is still in effect.

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

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

Umrah 2022 dates

Technically, Umrah can be done at any time of the year. Moreover, 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.

Nusuk platform for Umrah

A new platform has been made available by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in an effort to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina more convenient for those who want to participate in it.

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which includes plans to improve the nation’s travel and tourism sector, is in accordance with the new unified government platform Nusuk, which was unveiled recently. With its array of services, the portal is situated to serve as a gateway to Mecca and Medina, enabling users to design their own Umrah itineraries.

Travellers from all over the world may effortlessly plan their entire trip with Nusuk, from obtaining an Umrah visa to arranging lodging and flights. The official website of Nusuk has all the information and facts that pilgrims require to have a smooth visit. For instance, it provides travellers with a variety of lodging, tourist attractions, and holy sites to choose from.

Can I perform the Umrah on a tourist visa?

Yes, you can. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now allow visitors holding Saudi tourist visas to perform Umrah. Henceforth, citizens of 49 countries, eligible to apply for the Saudi electronic visa, can now perform Umrah in the Kingdom by securing their visas online at the Visit Saudi Arabia website, or immediately upon arrival at airports.

The system allows eligible applicants to obtain a tourist visa, valid for a period of 12 months, upon arrival at one of the Saudi airports without the need for prior application, and the visa holders will be allowed to visit the cities and regions all over the Kingdom.

The countries that are eligible to perform Umrah with a tourist visa are the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Brunei, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Australia and New Zealand.

Furthermore, family visit visa holders from different nationalities can also perform Umrah by booking an appointment through the Eatmarna application via their relatives in the Kingdom during their visit to the Kingdom, by applying through the National Unified Visa Platform.

To perform Umrah, it is required travellers to obtain comprehensive health insurance, which includes coverage of treatment costs for Covid-19 infection, accidents resulting in death or disability; expenses due to flight delays or cancellations, and other matters.

Some of the other documents required include proof of residence and employment, a return ticket, a bank statement proving financial stability, an itinerary, and complete personal information.

Alternatively, travellers who wish to perform Umrah from nations other than those currently qualified should apply for visas at the Kingdom’s embassies in their respective countries.

Umrah packages price 2022

Umrah packages 2022 price from India

You can book your Umrah package from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah-approved travel agencies for India listed on the official Umrah electronic services page.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms. You can find the list of approved platforms on https://maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/Home/OTAs

You can also choose to book your package from your cities, such as Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Lucknow, and Mumbai. The Umrah packages are for 15 days 14/13 nights, ranging from INR 98000 to INR 108000.

All packages include the Umrah visa, airfares, accommodation, 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and transportation.

For more information about Umrah packages in India, you can check out our article on Umrah 2022 from India below:

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From India

Umrah packages 2022 price from Pakistan

As per the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj, you can find the list of approved Umrah travel agents in Pakistan listed on the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s official page to apply for your Umrah visa. Apart from applying for and securing your Umrah visa, an approved travel agent will offer several types of Umrah packages to suit your needs and budget.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms. You can find the list of approved platforms on https://maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/Home/OTAs

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.

While prices may fluctuate, Umrah package prices from Pakistan typically range from 185000 PKR – 359000 PKR depending on the facilities, how many people per room, meals, and transportation class.

Additionally, an approved travel agency typically offers individual and group packages. There are also packages where you are required to share a room with fellow pilgrims. Transportation is also something that is included in a typical Umrah package. Upon arrival at the airport, pilgrims will be transported to their hotels and can easily visit the holy sites accordingly.

For more information about Umrah packages in Pakistan, you can check out our article on Umrah 2022 from Pakistan below:

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From Pakistan

Umrah packages 2022 price from UAE

If you are a UAE resident, you can book your Umrah package from one of the Saudi Arabia-approved travel agents for the UAE of your choice. The prices vary depending on which package you choose. Here are a few estimates:

Overland travel (average cost)

• AED 700 per person, including transport and accommodation in one-, two-star or unrated hotels.

• AED 950 per person, including transport and accommodation in three- or four-star hotels.

• AED 1,500 per person, including transport and accommodation in five-star hotels.

Air travel (average cost)

• AED 3,200 per person, including transport and accommodation in three- or four-star hotels.

• AED 3,700 to AED 4,000 per person, including transport and accommodation in five-star hotels.

Please note that the prices will go up during the Rajab, Shaaban and Ramadan.

For more information about Umrah packages in UAE, you can check out our article on Umrah 2022 from UAE below:

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From UAE

Please note that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms. You can find the list of approved platforms on https://maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/Home/OTAs

Umrah packages 2022 price from Qatar

The Umrah package in Qatar usually includes travel, and hotel stays 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. Please refer to the list of Qatari travel agencies and tour operators approved by Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms. You can find the list of approved platforms at https://maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa/Home/OTAs

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.

For more information about Umrah packages in Qatar, you can check out our article on Umrah 2022 from Qatar below:

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From Qatar

Several things you need to know before booking your Umrah package 2022

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.

Vaccinations 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 in 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.

Saudi Arabia Muqeem Arrival Registration: Rules and Procedures for Travel to Saudi Arabia

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.

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.

Umrah age limit 2022

There is no age limit or requirement for anyone to perform the prayer at the Two Holy Mosques. However, to organize pilgrims according to the absorptive capacity, the Ministry has restricted the minimum age for issuing permits to perform Umrah and pray at Al-Rawdah Sharifa to be limited to only children who are 5 years and older.

Female pilgrims allowed to perform Umrah without a male guardian

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.

 

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