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Updated March 2023
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 all you need to know about the Umrah permit: the latest news, rules, requirements, issuance, and more.
Umrah permit 2023 news
In order to expedite services for the rites, Saudi Arabia has announced that permits for undertaking Umrah, or minor pilgrimage, during the next Islamic holy month of Ramadan can be provided via an electronic platform.
Muslims who intend to perform Umrah during Ramadan are urged by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to submit applications using the Nusuk portal and they can use the website to electronically book associated travel arrangements and receive the appropriate visas and permits in order to perform umrah or visit the holy sites.
According to the latest announcement, the government of Saudi Arabia has allowed religious tourists to arrive and depart on scheduled flights through any international airport in the kingdom.
As a result of the application of this newly added policy, all airlines, as well as private aviation operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, must permit pilgrims wishing to conduct Umrah to arrive and depart on scheduled flights via any of the kingdom’s international airports.
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 exempted from the Umrah permit requirement. They, too, must obtain the Umrah permit to be able 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 as well as having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine approved in Saudi Arabia.
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.Book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia now
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 consult our dedicated article below.
Umrah permit rules
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