When can Muslims perform umrah?
Umrah may be performed at any time of the year.
Can they apply for a Visa?
They should apply for Visa through an approved Umrah travel agent. * For more information about the approved Umrah Travel Agents: please visit kiswahtours.co.uk
A completed original Visa application form. The statement written at the end of the application form must be carefully read and signed. (To obtain a visa application form by post, send a large, self-addressed envelope to your nearest Saudi Consulate.)
Note: If someone has a non-Muslim name, they should submit a certificate from a mosque or an Islamic center stating that the applicant is a Muslim.
One recent passport-size color photograph with a white background should be attached to the application form. The picture must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant faces the camera directly. Side or angled views are NOT accepted.
Passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of submission of the application form.
Confirmed and non-refundable airline ticket. Departure from Saudi Arabia should be within two weeks from the date of entry.
Women and children should be accompanied by husbands/fathers or male relatives (Mahram). Proof of relationship is required (a marriage certificate for a wife, a birth certificate for a child indicating the names of both parents). The Mahram must travel into and out of Saudi Arabia on the same flight as his wife and children.
Note: If a woman is 45 years old or older, she can go without a Mahram if she travels with an organized group or family and submits a notarized No Objection Certificate from her Mahram.
Note: If the applicant is not a national of the country they are applying from, a valid residency permit must be submitted with the application.
A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis should be attached. The certificate of vaccinations should have been issued not more than three years and not less than ten days before entry to Saudi Arabia, and it should be valid for three years. The vaccination certificate must be with the applicant on access to Saudi Arabia.
Validity of Visa
Visa is valid for 90 days only. Within these days, you should perform Umrah, making sure your departure from Saudi Arabia is within 90 days of the date of entry.
Note: Tourist visa is valid for 1 year. The Visa for Umrah in Ramadan cannot exceed the last day of Ramadan.
Do they have to pay for visas?
The Umrah and Hajj visas are free, but they will still have to pay for services they get in Saudi Arabia.
* For more information about the Companies and Establishments Offering Umrah Services: please visit (kiswahtours.co.uk)
* For more information for the pilgrims regarding traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, please visit the Ministry of Hajj website kiswahtours.co.uk