Umrah Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

Everyone who enters the Kingdom should have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and the appropriate visa.

Unless you are a visitor from a GCC country or in transit, all other nationalities require a visa to enter the Kingdom. Visas can be for business, tourist, transit, residency, family, Hajj, or conference attendance.

Visas can be obtained from the visa department in the Saudi Embassy of the visitor’s home country or from Saudi Consulates available in all main cities around the world.

The cost of a visa is generally 200 Saudi Riyals. However, visitors should check with the Saudi Embassy or Consulate.

Important Instructions:

If a woman is arriving in the Kingdom alone, the sponsor or her husband must receive her at the airport.

Every woman must have confirmed accommodation for the duration of her stay in the Kingdom.

A woman is not allowed to drive a car and can therefore travel by car only if she is accompanied by her husband, a male relative, or a driver.

All visitors to the Kingdom must have a return ticket.

Pilgrims must also have all valid documentation and a passport that is valid for 6 months.

Hajj & Visa Application

Guidance on Visa Applications through Hajj Travel Agents for Pilgrims Coming from Abroad

  1. Hajj visas are granted by the Saudi Government free of charge.
  2. The approved travel agent will nevertheless have some administrative costs in applying for and obtaining a Hajj visa.
  3. Lists of approved travel agents for both Hajj and Umrah are published on the Ministry’s website and updated each year to help pilgrims avoid being cheated by unauthorized travel agents.
  4. The Ministry would like to emphasize to all pilgrims the importance of having an official written contract, signed by both the Hajj organizer and the pilgrim, that clearly states the relationship between the two parties including the rights and duties of each party, the grade of service to be provided, the grade of accommodation arranged in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites and any other details which the two parties have agreed upon.

Useful Links

Visa Services – Saudi Ministry of Foreigh Affairs – UK