Good News for Umrah Pilgrims Saudi Arabia starts issuing electronic visas for Umrah.

Umrah E-visas applications for Indian Nationals must be submitted at any Authorized Travel agents from India, so they can start arriving in the Kingdom from Muharram 1, 1445 H i.e July 19 2023.

Jeddah – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has started issuing electronic visas for Umrah, days after the success of the Haj 2023 1444 season, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has started issuing electronic visas for Umrah worldwide including India,Pakistan and Bangladesh, as part of its efforts to enable more Muslims to come to the Kingdom to perform spiritual Umrah pilgrimage and facilitate its procedures for them. This comes along with raising the quality of Umrah services to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030 goals.

The Nusuk app platform facilitates the arrival procedures for Muslims worldwide to visit the Holy Places Makkah and Madinah, provides housing choices, residence and transportation services, in addition to easy access to a package of enrichment information and interactive maps in several languages.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah previously announced, in cooperation with the concerned authorities, that holders of tourist visas from the Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab states and holders of Schengen visa can book Umrah appointments via the Nusk application.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also facilitates procedures for holders of different types of visas.

Facilities provided by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to the Umrah performers are a part of new legislation that is recently adopted and include reducing the insurance fees for Umrah performers by 63% while maintaining the sustainability of health services for them, issuing the Umrah visa in less than 24 hours, and extending the Umrah visa from 30 days to 90 days, with no health requirements.

The updated Umrah 2023 procedures also permit women to perform the Umrah without a male guardian (mahram). The new rules also allow Umrah performers to visit the unique sites of the Kingdom to learn about the country’s cultural diversity and enrich their religious and cultural experiences. — SPA