Umrah visa is a visa issued by the government of Saudi Arabia only for the Muslim Applicants to perform the act of umrah only. Umrah is also spelt Omra.
You are not allowed to work or engage in business during your stay in Saudi Arabia with an Umrah visa.
Umrah visa is applied through approved Travel agents. These agents are approved by the MOH Saudi Arabia. MOH stands for the ministry of Hajj.
This visa is issued only on Umrah season for 8 months. From the Islamic month of Muharram to Ramadhan. No Visa Application will be accepted after 15th of Ramadan. You are not allowed to stay there on or after 1st of Shawwal which the Eid festival day.
The Makkah facilities will be cleaned, and the maintenance work will be carried out to prepare for Hajj during the next months. Therefore there will no visa issued for the month of shawwal and the following month. The visas to be issued that month will be for the Hajj. It will be issued under a quota basis for every country. This quota is issued by the government of Saudi Arabia.
The visa is valid for 30 days from the date of issue. It is advisable to enter within the expiry date. Arrange flights accordingly. If you are travelling from West of Saudi Arabia, remember the Saudi time is ahead of you.
The visa is valid for 30 days. Though it is written allowed to stay 30 days from the date you land, it is advisable not to stay more than 20 days. Overstaying in Saudi Arabia is a punishable act. If you overstay, you may face trouble in getting a visa in the future.
Note: The visa for Umrah in Ramadan cannot exceed the last day of Ramadan. You should leave Saudi Arabia by the end of Ramadan and cannot have Eid-ul-Fitr there.
Woman folks below 45 years old are not eligible for an umrah visa without a Marham. You must apply for a visa with your Marham. Marham can be your father, brother or husband.
A woman who is more than 40 years old can apply for a visa alone provided that she will travel with a travel agency in a group.
Woman folks must enter and exit with the mahram.
It is possible to get Umrah visa without the package. These visas are generally Applied thorough travel agents. I have not heard of anyone who had directly applied to the embassy of Saudi Arabia. If you had done it, please let us know.
Steps to be followed...
Documents to apply through an Agent
Submit these documents to your travel agent. They will guide you.
Your travel agent will charge you for the above visa.
Some countries MOH offer online visas whereas the other countries have stickers pasted in the passport visa page.
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If you are wondering what is the price of a visa for Umrah. The answer is roughly around US$ 180. It's the maximum you must pay. During Ramadan, the charges might go another 25 percent higher. Do not pay more than US$ 200.The cost of the visa must be added to your budget. The increase in the visa fee is a result of Saudi Government is now charging around $80 per visa. which use to be free of charge. the rest is the Agent fee.
Now you can perform Umrah as many as you like. Previously there were repeat Umrah visa fees of SAR2000 was charged if you are seeking for a second Umrah Visa within 24 months of your last Umrah visa.
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