Saudi Arabia has increased the duration of Umrah visa from 30 to 90 days. According to the statement released by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Umrah visa holders will be able to travel to any other city including Makkah and Madinah.
Saudi Arabia New Umrah Policy 1444/2022 Fee & Rules
The maximum duration of Umrah visa has been increased from 30 days to 90 days. Overstaying the visa period will be punished. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Umrah pilgrims from abroad will be able to get Umrah visa more than once a year by paying the entry visa fee.
From 1st November, pilgrims from abroad will be allowed to perform Umrah, at which time the number will be increased to 20000 on a daily basis, while 60000 people will be allowed to offer prayers in the Masjid al-Haram. The Saudi Interior Ministry says that in the fourth phase, Umrah, pilgrimage and prayers will be allowed 100 percent, this permission will be given when the relevant authorities decide to eliminate the threat of the epidemic.
The issuance of visas starts from 15 Zil-Hajj and the arrival of the pilgrims starts from 1 Muharram every year and 30 Shawwal every year. The last date for in receipt of Umrah visa applications is 15 Shawwal each Hijri year in coordination with the Saudi Foreign Ministry. The last date to go into the Kingdom for arrivals on Umrah visas is the end of the month of Shawwal of each Hijri year. One month for the duration of the Umrah pilgrimage in the Kingdom. The Saudi government has issued a royal decree restructuring visit, Haj and transit visas, and canceling repeat Umrah fees.
Saudi Arabia introduces a new Umrah policy from the new Islamic year 1442 AH. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has canceled the repeat Umrah fee in New Umrah policy 2019. Currently, the Muslims belonging to all around the world including Pakistan will not have to pay 2000 Riyal on their second Umrah in a similar year. Now the Umrah visa fee 2019 is 300 Riyal for all Muslims. The Saudi government has abolished two thousand fees and imposed 300 Riyal as Umrah visa fees on all new and repeating pilgrims.
According to the Arab News, the Saudi minister for Haj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammad Salih has thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for this order.
‘’This action will make easy the Umrah pilgrims and reinforce our Vision 2030 reform plan to welcome 30 million pilgrims by that year” he said.
According to the Hajj Minister, this huge assessment shows that their government is prepared to welcome an increasing number of pilgrims. They have ready large transportation projects and upgraded the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Umrah policy 1442
Umrah policy 1442 or new Umrah policy 2021 for Pakistan is being searched by the Muslims who want to perform Umrah. In fact, the new Umrah visa policy is issued every year earlier than the beginning of the Hajj season. The Ministry of Haj and Umrah used to end receiving applications for Umrah visas every year during these days. The Hajj season is over and the compliance of Umrah visa applications has been started from 15 Zil Hajj which will continue till 14 Shawwal.
Umrah Visa Fee for Pakistani
Every Muslim has the want to perform Hajj and Umrah. Muslims visit Saudi Arabia for this holy object from around the world every year. The Saudi government has been facilitating these pilgrims and never charged the Umrah visa fee from Pakistan like other countries, even still it is free for the first visit. However, it was imposed last year on the second term. Now it is canceled and the Umrah visa fee for Pakistani is 300 Riyal as well as for all Muslims.
Umrah visa requirements
Umrah visa is being functional through approved Hajj and Umrah agents in Pakistan. Visa requirements; the Saudi embassy in Islamabad demands these documents for the issuance of the Umrah visa.
A completely filled Umrah visa form. (The applicant having non-Muslim names will have to submit a certificate from a mosque or an Islamic center stating that the applicant is a Muslim.
One passport size color photo with a blue background. ( the full-face and front pose is required)
Original Passport with a minimum of six months’ validity.
(Procedure to apply for new Pakistani Passport)
Confirmed and non-refundable air ticket which shows the departure from Saudi Arabia within two weeks from the date of entry.
A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis will also be attached.
Note: According to Saudi Arab laws, women and children should be travel with husband/father or a Mahram. Proof of relationship is required in the form of marriage and birth certificates. It is necessary for “Mahram” to travel with the same flight.