Hajj and Umrah Visa for Saudi Arabia

The holy pilgrimage of Umrah can be accomplished with the use of an electronic visa as well as via embassy. It is valid for one year and can be used numerous times, with each entry enabling a stay of up to ninety days. If the Umrah is to be performed during the holy month of Ramadan, the visitor must leave the Kingdom no later than the last day of Ramadan, regardless of how long he or she plans to stay in the nation (up to 90 days). Please be aware that the visa will no longer be valid with the border patrol after the specified stay period (90 days) has expired.

Documents required for Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa

Your visa application will be approved only if you meet the Umrah requirements listed below:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months as of the date of your application. Passports from certain countries are not accepted in Saudi Arabia, so you must first ensure that yours is not one of them.
  • At the time of application, your passport must have two or more adjacent empty visa pages.
  • On the day of the application, bring one (1) recent passport-size colour photograph. Make sure the photo was taken in a reputable photo studio, that it is a full-face view with your entire face and ears captured, and that the background is white.
  • Photos with angled views are automatically rejected.
  • You must complete an application form and have it signed and stamped by an authorised travel agency. You can print the form or fill it out by hand, but you must use black ink.
  • Women and children under the age of 18 can only travel for Umrah with a Mahram (an adult male). The Mahram can be a father, big brother, or husband, and he must clearly indicate his relationship with everyone in his travel group on the application forms. He must also include copies of his marriage certificate and/or birth certificates for his wife and children.
  • If you are a migrant or a non-citizen applying for an Umrah visa from the United States, you must have your birth and/or marriage certificates translated into English by an authorised translation office if they were issued outside the United States.
  • Women over the age of 45 are eligible to apply for Umrah. They may travel to Umrah without their husband, but they must produce a letter of "no objection" from their Mahram (husband or in the absence of a husband, a male relative). They must also travel in a well-organized group.

Eligibility criteria for Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa

People planning an Umrah trip from India should meet the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's eligibility criteria. The following are the Umrah visa requirements for Indian pilgrims:

  • Pilgrims departing from their country for Umrah must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of submission of the form.
  • They must apply for the visa with photographs taken against a white background.
  • Pilgrims must have confirmed tickets to and from Makkah in order to perform Umrah.
  • Women and children who wish to perform Umrah should accompany their husband or father to Makkah.
  • Pilgrims must submit a vaccination certificate against meningococcal meningitis with their visa application in order for their Umrah visa to be approved.

Saudi Arabia Hajj Visa

There are two primary motivations for visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Two of the most common reasons people travel to the Middle East are for religious purposes and to take in the region's breathtaking desert nature. A tourist electronic visa is sufficient for the former. You need either a Hajj visa or an Umrah visa in order to do any of these religious rites. Please be aware that the Saudi Arabia eVisa is just for tourism purposes and cannot be used for Hajj.

During the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which occurs in the Islamic month of Dhu al Hijjah, this visa allows visitors to travel across Saudi Arabia. Although the exact dates change from year to year, the pilgrimage always takes place at Mecca and lasts for five or six days. There is no more significant event in the Islamic calendar than the pilgrimage, which every adult Muslim is expected to make at least once in his lifetime if he is in a position to do so financially and physically.

Documents required for Saudi Arabia Hajj Visa

To apply for a Hajj visa, pilgrims must bring the following documents:

  • Passport must be valid for at least six months.
  • A recent passport photo
  • application form completed
  • Return flight tickets
  • Certificates of vaccination
  • Payment for pilgrimage services in the form of checks

Eligibilty criteria for Saudi Arabia Hajj Visa

  • If you are a Saudi resident/national/expat after performing Hajj, you are not permitted to perform Hajj for the next five years. That is, if you perform hajj in 1431 hijri, you will be eligible for the next hajj in 1437 hijri.
  • However, if you perform Hajj while single and marry the following year, you will be able to perform Hajj without having to wait five years.
  • In order to perform Hajj, the performer must obtain a legal Hajj permit known as a Tasreeh.