Umrah is a pilgrimage that Muslims can do by going to the holy Kaaba in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia and doing a series of religious rituals. The trip is open to all Muslims all over the world. This religious journey can be done at any time of the year. Most pilgrims, though, like to do it during the holy month of Ramadan because it has the same reward as the Major Hajj in that month. Pilgrims can make a promise to go on this trip by getting a Ramadan Umrah package. Since 2023 is only a few months away, many travel companies already have All inclusive cheap September umrah packages that you can book now.
To finish the pilgrimage, people must follow a lot of rules.
The most important thing is that they need a valid Umrah visa to get into the city. An Umrah visa is a certificate from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry that lets you enter the country to take part in the Umrah pilgrimage.
Citizens of the following countries do not need to apply for an Umrah visa, but all foreign pilgrims must apply for an Umrah visa.
Also, in April 2022, the government of Saudi Arabia said that anyone with a valid Schengen visa from the US or UK can do Umrah without getting a separate Umrah visa.
Umrah Visa Opening Date 2022-23
Right now, anyone can apply for an Umrah visa for 2022 or 2023. On April 9, 2022, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that one million pilgrims from both inside and outside the country will be able to do Umrah. Each country gets a certain number of pilgrims.
No more vaccination or negative Test Covid-19
The restrictions have been lifted because the number of people with Coronavirus has gone down. Pilgrims no longer need to get vaccinated or show proof that they had a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
Under the new rules for travelling, women over 45 can now go without their Mehram (male guardian) as long as they travel in a group.
Umrah Visa Requirements 2022
Before you send in your Umrah visa application form, you must gather the following documents:
• Umrah Visa Application Form • One Recent Passport Photo • Valid Passport with a six-month validity period • Non-Refundable Flight Tickets
• Marriage or birth certificates as proof of a relationship between a woman and her male guardian (husband, father, or brother). • Meningitis vaccination certificates (get your tests done 10 days before departure)
• Covering the cost of health care • Muslims who have changed their religion must show proof from their local mosques or Islamic groups that they are Muslims.
New Umrah Visa Fees 2022
As of 2022, you will have to pay between $380 and $490 to get an Umrah visa. But visa fees can be different from country to country. For example, service fees in the UK cost £89 ($120), while in the US they range from $173 to $220.
Pilgrims also have to pay for the All inclusive cheap Easter umrah packages , which brings the total cost of Umrah to between $1,500 and $2,000.