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Updated December 2022

The Umrah is a minor, non-compulsory pilgrimage that any able-bodied Muslim with adequate financial means may undertake to gain the blessings and favour of Allah. Umrah is seen as a way for Muslims to seek forgiveness, spiritual renewal, and a closer connection to God. It is also an opportunity for Muslims to visit the birthplace of their religion and the holiest city in Islam.

Pilgrims looking to fulfil this religious calling are required to first obtain an Umrah visa before entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If you’re planning to visit Makkah from India to perform Umrah, here’s how you can apply for an Umrah visa.

Do I need an Umrah visa from India?

Yes, Indians looking to perform the Umrah are required to first obtain an Umrah visa. Application is currently open for Indians either through approved travel agencies or the Maqam platform.

Umrah visa from India online application

The Saudi authorities have launched an electronic service for Umrah seekers to obtain their Umrah visa within 24 hours. Umrah seekers residing in countries all over the world may now directly apply through the Maqam platform. To apply for the Umrah visa online, follow the below steps:

  • visit the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s Maqam portal and choose one of the approved Umrah companies
  • build your Umrah package consisting of accommodation, transportation, and ground services with your selected company
  • after securing your umrah package, you will receive the reference number for the application
  • you’ll be redirected to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs portal, where you’ll need to complete the visa issuance process
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Umrah visa through approved travel agencies

Alternatively, you can get the visa package booking and visa issuance application done through an approved tourism agency in your country.

The government of Saudi Arabia recommends that you enlist the assistance of an approved travel agent in India to obtain your Umrah visa. Furthermore, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the possibility for international Umrah seekers to plan their own itineraries electronically through approved platforms.

To learn more about how you can arrange your Umrah journey from your city, please consult our dedicated article below.

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Umrah visa from India processing time

The processing time for an Umrah visa from India typically takes between 5 – 10 days until issuance.

Umrah visa from India price

The Umrah visa itself is available free of cost. However, there may be fees associated with processing and other Umrah-related services. It’s been reported that these fees may amount to somewhere between USD 200 to 300 (INR 16,520 – 24,780).

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