Updated February 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 2023. Rest assured, the content will be promptly updated once new information becomes available.
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Umrah permit 2024 news
Saudi Arabia previously introduced electronic permits for Umrah during Ramadan in 2023, facilitating streamlined services. Using the Nusuk portal, applicants could secure permits and arrange travel. Religious tourists could arrive and depart from any international airport in the kingdom. The final day for 2023 Umrah permits was on the 15th of Dhul Qadah (June 4), ensuring preparations for the upcoming Hajj pilgrims. Notably, Umrah visas didn’t authorize Hajj participation, and pilgrims had to depart by the 20th of Dhul Qadah (June 18).
As of 2024, no new information is available regarding Umrah permits for the year. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is awaiting further updates or announcements.
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.
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
To learn more about the steps required to obtain your Umrah permit through the Nusuk app, please refer to our dedicated article below.
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.