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Updated May 2024

The Umrah is a minor and non-compulsory pilgrimage that any able-bodied Muslim with the financial means to do so may undertake in order to gain the blessings and favour of the Almighty Allah. 

Pilgrims looking to fulfil this religious calling must first obtain an Umrah permit as one of the prerequisites for entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Here’s the guide for Umrah permit by Wego: the latest news, rules, requirements, issuance, and more.

Please be aware that certain information in this article pertains to the Umrah season 2024. Rest assured, the content will be promptly updated once new information becomes available.

Umrah permit 2024 news

If you’re planning a trip to Saudi Arabia, it’s crucial to note that while typically you can undertake Umrah with any entry visa, this won’t apply during the Hajj season. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (MOHU) has recently stated that from May 23 to June 21, 2024, Umrah permits will solely be granted to individuals with confirmed Hajj permits.

What is the Umrah permit?

To put it simply, the Umrah permit is an electronic document issued by the Nusuk app enabling holders to enter the Grand Mosque, pray at the Noble Rawdah, and essentially perform Umrah.

Issuance of the Umrah permit is subject to certain requirements and is contingent on the type of Umrah visa held by individual pilgrims.

Who needs to submit an Umrah permit application?

Essentially, everyone looking to perform the minor pilgrimage must apply for an Umrah permit. 

Umrah permit for Saudi residents

Saudi residents and citizens are not exempt from the Umrah permit requirement. They, too, must obtain the Umrah permit to perform Umrah.

In order for the Umrah permit to be issued to residents and citizens, their data must already be updated on the Absher application.

Umrah permit for visitors/visit visa holders

Umrah seekers holding Umrah/tourism/work visas must have already registered their arrival and vaccination credentials on the Muqeem platform at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

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Following their arrival in Saudi Arabia, visitors holding the aforementioned visas must register on the Nusuk app to secure their Umrah permit. 

Umrah permit app: Nusuk App

The app that is linked to the issuance of the Umrah permit is the Nusuk App. 

The following are the main features of the Nusuk app:

  • allows for the electronic issue of Umrah visas
  • promotes international pilgrims’ arrival, provides transportation and travel services and provides information about cultural events
  • allowing travellers to visit the Prophet’s Mosque and reserving Umrah permits
  • Umrah pilgrims can reserve their packages
  • pilgrims with a digital guide with detailed instructions available in various languages
  • reserve hotels and flights

Anyone interested in downloading the Nusuk app may do so at the Appstore and Playstore.

To learn more about the steps required to obtain your Umrah permit through the Nusuk app, please refer to our dedicated article below.

Nusuk App: What We Know About the Umrah Booking Application

 

Umrah permit rules

Although Saudi Arabia has largely lifted the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for Umrah pilgrims, it is highly recommended that each pilgrim confirm with their Umrah operator/agency for the latest vaccination requirements pertaining to Umrah. This is to ensure a smooth and hassle-free Umrah journey, as well as to protect the health and safety of all individuals involved.

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.

 

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