From now on all Saudi Visa holders can perform Umrahtext_fields
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has allowed all Saudi visa holders to perform Umrah. The decision would ease bureaucracy and open the pilgrimage to more visitors as envisaged for Vision 2030.
According to a statement, the Ministry wants to facilitate rituals, provide high-quality services and enrich the religious experiences of pilgrims with the start of this year's Umrah season.
The Maqam platform connects pilgrims with authorized tourism companies and agencies. Users from outside the Kingdom can also apply for an Umrah visa, as well as choose service bundles. The platform is available at maqam.gds.haj.gov.sa.
The Visit Saudi platform provides e-services, including the issuance of electronic visas and purchasing of Umrah bundles. The service is available at visitsaudi.com/ar.
Holders of on-arrival visas, among countries eligible for electronic visas, as well as US, UK and Schengen visa holders, can carry out Umrah rituals with ease, provided that the visas are used for one time only and carry the issuing country's seal.
Family visit and personal visit visa holders can also perform the pilgrimage by booking an appointment through the Eatmarna application during their visits to relatives and friends in the Kingdom, and by applying to the Unified National Visa Platform.
To carry out Umrah rituals, visitors must have comprehensive medical insurance that covers — among other things — the treatment costs of COVID-19, personal incidents resulting in death and disability, and flight delays or cancellations.
Courtesy: Arab News