Updated 29 July 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 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.
What is the Umrah permit?
To put it simply, Umrah permit is an electronic document issued by either the Tawakkalna or Eatmarna 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.
Umrah permit 2022 news
Following the Hajj season, Umrah pilgrims will be able to book their slots and issue permits online starting from 30 July 2022 as per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Welcome pilgrims from around the world! 🕋— Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (@MoHU_En) July 13, 2022
Starting from today: Visa Applications for Umrah are now open.
Please note that permits to perform Umrah for local and international pilgrims will be issued starting August 3rd, 2022.#Makkah_and_Madinah_Eagerly_Await_You pic.twitter.com/Xc4taXCnjY
Further, the ministry also announced that the booking of slots for the Umrah rituals at the Grand Mosque is governed through a color-coded system on the Eatmarna app.
Who needs to submit 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 as reflected on the Tawakkalna app.
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 both the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna applications.
Umrah permit apps
There are two apps linked to the issuance of the Umrah permit; the Tawakkalna app and the Eatmarna app.
The Tawakkalna app’s role is to register the latest vaccination status of both residents and visitors planning on performing the Umrah. Please note that unless an ‘immune’ status is displayed on the Tawakkalna app, obtaining the Umrah permit will not be possible.
If a pilgrim’s status is displayed as immune, they may then issue their Umrah permits and book an appointment to perform the Umrah, prayer, and tawaaf, through the Eatmarna app.
To learn more about the steps required to obtain your Umrah permit through the Eatmarna 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
Umrah permit check online
If you would like to check your Umrah permit online, you may do so by consulting the Tawakkalna app.
- open the Tawakkalna app
- select ‘services’ and then ‘manasik gate’
- select ‘permits’ and you’ll be able to confirm your active permits including your Umrah permit