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Reviewed November 2022

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 favor of the Almighty Allah. 

Pilgrims looking to fulfill 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 2022 news

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently issued an important update for Muslims worldwide. The Saudi government has unveiled Nusuk, an integrated electronic platform that will serve as a new gateway for pilgrims traveling to the holy towns of Makkah and Madinah and beyond.

The integrated and unified application will make it easier for pilgrims from all over the world to obtain their visit and/or Umrah visas electronically. The Nusuk app can also be used to plan trips to various religious and historical places in Saudi Arabia.

Although the Nusuk App hasn’t been confirmed to be available for Hajj, it is expected to be accessible for Hajj bookings later this year.

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 the 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.

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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 travelers 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.

Nusuk App: What We Know So Far About the New Umrah Booking Application

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

 

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