The Umrah visa was extended to three months for visitors from around the world by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday October 2. On July 30, 2022, the new Umrah season began for pilgrims inside and outside the Kingdom. Since then, there have been around 2 million visitors in total. These data come from the allocation of Umrah visas in three months.
Saudi Arabia welcomes 2 million Umrah pilgrims
— وزارة الحج والعمرة (@HajMinistry) October 19, 2022
Pilgrims participated in Umrah from 176 countries around the world this year. Pilgrims usually depend on agents or travel agencies that offer Umrah packages. The package includes all services from departure to arrival at the mosque. They ensure your safe passage to your home country after the completion of Umrah.
The estimated number of pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque reached around 40 billion in the first quarter of 2022.
Why do you need a Saudi visa for Umrah?
— وزارة الحج والعمرة (@HajMinistry) October 15, 2022
Some countries generally waive the visa requirement for stays up to a certain duration. As a result, there is perpetual uncertainty regarding visa requirements. All visitors to Saudi Arabia must carry a valid passport and visa as required by the country’s regulations, regardless of their destination. In particular, a Saudi Arabia visa application is mandatory. Indian citizens can request detailed information about the country from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
Also read: Saudi Arabia announces new Umrah rules for female pilgrims
Visa requirements for Umrah
Here is a quick list informing you of the requirements for Umrah visa application.
1. Application form
2. Passport size photocopies
3. Passport valid for 6 months from date of application
4. Proof of tickets (non-refundable)
5. Health insurance
6. Evidence of meningitis vaccine under 3 years old
These are the mandatory documents required to apply for an Umrah visa.
More than 10 million pilgrims are expected for the new Umrah season.
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