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 it can be performed separately as well. That's why we've put together a guide, so you know the procedure and how 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.
The Umrah visa is valid for 90 days which allows entry to only Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah. The first entry from the date of visa issue will also have to be made within 90 days.
Aside from the Umrah Visa, GCC residents visiting Saudi may also perform Umrah if they enter Saudi Arabia using the eVisa as it permits them to visit all cities. However, this will not be applicable during the Hajj season.
The Umrah package usually includes travel, hotel stay, and visa costs an average of QR 3,200 (as of January 2023). It can be booked by the Hajj and Umrah tour operator you select from the list at the end of the article.
Note: Medical insurance cost is included in the visa price.
As of 10 March 2022, it is not required to submit a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test before going to Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrims travelling for Umrah from Qatar must download and register on the following mobile applications before entering Saudi Arabia for Umrah:
Tawakkulna or Nusuk: The Tawakkulna or Nusuk mobile applications will be required for pilgrims as they will have their Umrah permit on them.
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:
For information on the new procedures for Umrah, please contact the Department of Hajj and Umrah in Qatar via hotline 132.
Originally written by Nabeela Tariq, updated by Fareeha Imtiaz
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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