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Posted On: 11 January 2022 06:00 pm
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All you need to know about going for Umrah from Qatar

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Umrah is an important pilgrimage that is undertaken by Muslims. This pilgrimage is performed in Saudi Arabia and is also a part of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage, but can be performed separately as well. That's why we're putting together a guide so you know what the procedure is and what you need to do to perform Umrah successfully.

Note: All pilgrims travelling for Umrah from Qatar must abide by the COVID-19 precautionary measures as stated by the Saudi Arabian government, and must check Qatar's Ministry of Public Health's website for any travel updates.

Umrah visa validity

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The Umrah visa is valid for a two-week stay only and allows entry to only Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah. If you are travelling for Umrah during Ramadan, you must exit Saudi Arabia before the last day of Ramadan. You cannot celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Saudi Arabia.

The validity of the visa is one month only and the days are counted from the date the Umrah visa is issued.

Price of the Umrah visa from Qatar

The Umrah package usually includes travel, hotel stay and visa costs an average of QR 5,000 and can be booked by the Hajj and Umrah tour operator you select from the list at the end of the article.

Age limit for performing Umrah from Qatar

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The applicant must be between 12 and 50 years of age to be eligible to perform Umrah from Qatar.

    Documents required for performing Umrah from Qatar

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    • Umrah application form (this will be provided and filled by the Hajj and Umrah tour operator)
    • Qatar ID copy
    • Passport copy (passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date the application is submitted)
    • Confirmed and non-refundable return ticket (departure from Saudi Arabia must be within two weeks of arrival)
    • 2 x recent passport-size photographs on a white background with a full-face view (the applicant must be directly facing the camera)
    • A Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination certificate that's valid for three years. It should have been issued not more than three years ago and not less than 10 days before entering Saudi Arabia. The applicant must carry the certificate with them when travelling to Saudi Arabia.
    • Authorised COVID-19 vaccination certificate from MoPH Qatar. COVID-19 vaccines accepted in Saudi Arabia are two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Spikevax, Covishield, SK Bioscience or Vaxzevria, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson. The applicant must carry the certificate with them when travelling to Saudi Arabia.

    Note:

    • If someone has a non-Muslim name, they are to get a certificate from a mosque or Islamic Centre in Qatar stating that the person applying is a Muslim.
    • Women and children must be accompanied by a Mahram (husband/father/brother/uncle/grandfather/son who is 18 years of age or older) with proof of relationship (marriage certificate for the wife and birth certificate for each child stating the names of both the parents). The Mahram has to travel in and out of Saudi Arabia with the person who they are Mahram to.
    • A woman who is 45 years old or above can perform Umrah without a Mahram as long as she is travelling with family or an organised Umrah group. However, she must submit a notarised 'No Objection Certificate' from her Mahram.

    Negative PCR-Test required for entry to Saudi Arabia

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    You must submit a negative PCR test issued by a private hospital in Qatar or from the Lusail drive-through test centre no longer than 72 hours prior to travel.

    If vaccinated with Saudi approved COVID-19 vaccines, no quarantine is necessary.

    Also read: FAQs about Pre-Travel and Post-Travel COVID-19 test

    Mobile apps required for Umrah during COVID-19 pandemic

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    Pilgrims travelling for Umrah from Qatar must download and register on the following mobile applications before entering Saudi Arabia for Umrah:

    • Muqeem: Muqeem is a mobile app (iOS/Android) and website that contains COVID-19 vaccine data, such as the type of vaccine, the number of doses that were taken, and the date the doses were taken. You must register on Muqeem 72-hours before entry to Saudi Arabia.
    • Tawakkulna: Tawakkulna is a mobile app (iOS/Android) like the EHTERAZ app in Qatar. It is used by the pilgrim to gain entry in different places while in Saudi Arabia after showing it, especially the Masjid Al Haram, also known as the Great Mosque of Makkah.
    • Eatmarna: Eatmarna is a mobile app (iOS/Android) that allows pilgrims to book a three-hour slot to perform Umrah, a permit to pray in Masjid Al Haram, a permit to perform Tawaaf on the 1st floor of Masjid Al Haram, permit to pray in the Riyaz Ul Jannah area of Masjid Nabwi also known as the Holy Prophet's Mosque in Madinah and an appointment for men to visit the Roda Rasool in Masjid Nabwi. The 'Eatmarna' app is connected to the 'Tawakkulna' app to ensure the pilgrim doesn't have any underlying health issues related to COVID-19.

    What happens when you reach Makkah for Umrah

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    • After you have registered on the Muqeem platform and entered Makkah, you must go to an Inaya Care Centre six hours before you plan to perform Umrah, so your COVID-19 vaccine status can be checked by the authorities.
    • The Inaya Care Centres can be found in 10 hotels within Makkah to facilitate your Umrah, and here you can complete any required paperwork through either self-service machines or with the assistance of Inaya employees who speak different languages.
    • You will be given a special e-bracelet/wristband to put on your wrist before being directed to the Al-Shubaikha gathering centre. Here, you will show the e-bracelet/wristband to verify your data and your permit to perform Umrah and offer prayers in Masjid Al Haram.
    • You must adhere to the date and time given to you for Umrah.

    Approved list of Umrah tour operators in Qatar

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    The following is the approved list (in alphabetical order) of accredited and approved tour operators in Qatar for Umrah and Hajj, as per the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf). These tour operators are authorised by Awqaf Qatar and will book you the Umrah basic package, issue Umrah visas for citizens and residents of Qatar, obtain all permissions and conduct all procedures necessary, including fulfilling all requirements of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah:

    Ansar for Hajj and Umrah

    • Location: Wadi Al Qura Street, Al Maamoura, Doha - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4411 4225 | Mob: +974 7022 4045
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm; Friday: closed

    Al Furqan for Hajj and Umrah

    • Location: Alkhaleej Street, Nasrallah Center, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Doha - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4468 9044 | Mob: +974 5588 3428
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm; Friday: closed

    Alnoor for Hajj and Umrah

    • Location: Next to Qatar Post, Madinat Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, Doha - Qatar
    • Mob: +974 3377 9299
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm; Friday: closed

    Alquds for Hajj and Umrah and Tourism

    • Location: Ibn Mahmoud Street, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Doha - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4421 2137
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm; Thursday: 8 am - 12 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm, Friday: closed

    Bin Darwish for Hajj and Umrah

    • Location: Adbul Rahman Bin Jasim Street, Al Wakrah - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4432 9090 | Mob: +974 5555 7424
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm; Friday: closed

    Durra Makka for Hajj and Umrah

    • Location: Off Ibn Nubata, Madinat Khalifa South, Doha - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4492 9223 / +974 449224 | Mob: +974 5533 8217 / +974 7706 5655
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 4:30 pm - 9 pm, Friday: closed

    Hatim Hajj and Umrah office

    • Location: Apartment 16, Second Floor, Al Hail Building, Next to Al Rawnaq, Airport Commercial Street, Matar Qaadeem, Doha - Qatar
    • Tel: +974 4465 1749 | Mob: +974 5544 3343
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday: closed

      Labbaik for Hajj and Umrah

      • Location: Al Nasr Street, Al-Mirqab Al Jadeed, Doha - Qatar
      • Mob: +974 3325 1144
      • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm, Friday: closed

      Nosok for Hajj and Umrah

      • Location: Wholesale Market Road, Abu Hamour Doha - Qatar
      • Tel: +974 4036 0770 | Mob: +974 5519 8003
      • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm; Friday: closed

        Taiba for Hajj and Umrah

        • Location: Next to Qatar Post, Madinat Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa, Doha - Qatar
        • Tel: +974 4488 4929 | Mob: +974 6675 1996
        • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm; Friday: closed

        For information on the new procedures for Umrah, please contact the Department of Hajj and Umrah in Qatar via the hotline 132.

        Sources: Saudi Ministry of Hajj; Asharq Al-Awsat; Saudia; Al-Sharq; Xpress Riyadh; Life in Saudi Arabia; Awqaf; Arabian Visa; Saudi Ministry of Tourism; Arab News

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