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Can You Go for Umrah After Ramadan 2022?

Can You Get an Umrah Visa After Ramadan?

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For many years, the question of “Can I go for Umrah After Ramadan” is always a regular one.

Now with the tourist visa available to some 49 countries for Saudi Arabia things have changed dramatically when it comes to going for Umrah after Ramadan and before or after Hajj.

There is an update on how the tourism in Hajj 2022 season will work further down.

When Can you do Umrah?

It is important to distinguish two things when we talk about when can you go for Umrah.

First, are you going on an Umrah visa OR are you going on a tourist visa and performing Umrah.

There is a big difference in what you can and cannot do, so please read below! 

Performing Umrah with an Umrah visa 

For countries that cannot issue the tourist visa, you will have to either try and apply as a Category B ( you can read more about this in the tourist visa section) or you will need to issue an Umrah visa.

With an Umrah visa, the standard rules of the visa application are different and a little less flexible.

You will need a mahram as a woman (currently in some countries, you also need a female companion for males!)

You cannot issue a visa for Umrah yourself and you will need a registered agent to do this for you.

Umrah Visa applications close after the first two weeks of Ramadan, after the 14th of Ramadan you cannot issue an Umrah visa.

When does Umrah close: Umrah closes after the first two weeks of Ramadan and there are no more Umrah visas. They will reopen issuing visas again after Hajj. 

The Umrah period starts approximately 1 month after Hajj.

There are no specific dates for this and no announcements, agents will get access to the system and start issuing visas usually a month after Hajj.

MuslimTravelGirl gets the information about the first few days as some of the agents and we publish it here, so make sure you subscribe and keep an eye on our site.

For those issuing Umrah visa ONLY to go in Ramadan and you need to issue an Umrah visa a week before/ first week of Ramadan.

Performing Umrah after Ramadan on a Tourist Visa

Now, If you belong to a country or a category B option where you can issue a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia you can also perform Umrah with it. The restrictions are less and there is good news!

Please note, the information below has been confirmed online with the official Visit Saudi website 

According to the Saudi tourist visa rule, the only restriction you have on the visa is that you cannot perform Umrah during the Hajj season, however, are able to go for Umrah after Ramadan. 

There is no other limitation mentioned there.

Who Can Go For Umrah Between Eid Al Fitr and Hajj

Umrah after Ramadan for those on Umrah visas is not available, as the Umrah visa closes the second week of Ramadan.

However, Umrah on tourist visas can be performed up until the Hajj Season.

It has now been confirmed that Saudi will close its border to those coming for Umrah from abroad from the 30th of Shawwal which is the 30th of May 2022. They will open approximately 4 weeks after Hajj but the date is not confirmed. Here is the announcement.

The new Umrah season for 2022 will start again on 30th of July2022. After this date you can go for Umrah again. Here is the annoucement.

This to me sounds pretty seasonal to avoid and manage people who will think to try and perform Hajj on a visitor visa.

Here is the article from Saudi Gazette 

During that time Muslims on tourist visas will not be able to visit Makkah and perform Umrah. I would assume there will be more checks during this time so people don’t perform Hajj and turn into a problem.

Muslims can visit Medinah during the Hajj season.

Also, Muslim and non-Muslim tourists are welcome in the country to visit any other city.

I know one of the reasons why people want to go for Umrah after Eid Al Fitr is because hotel prices drop significantly. This is also the quietest time for Umrah.

Sadly the Hajj season is off limits but the good news is you can go for Umrah on a tourist visa after Ramadan and up until the start of the Hajj season 2022.

If you want more practicalities with regards to Umrah then make sure you check out our master DIY Umrah page for more and if you are looking to learn how to save money on your Umrah check out our DIY Umrah Book .

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Faisal Qamar

Saturday 11th of June 2022

jAk and thanks so much for this blog post. Was very helpful for my trip.

Am keeping an eye and looking forward to a blog post :-) on the motawif process started recently.

Thanks for all the hard work that you do to push this information out. jAk.

Muslim Travel Girl

Sunday 12th of June 2022

Jzk for the comment. Glad it helps. I will writing on the Hajj process soon inshaAllah

Noor Azmy

Saturday 4th of June 2022

Assalamualaikum sister,

Can you comment on the eVisa application which allows around 49 countries applying online? I understand that with this evisa, we are allowed to perform Umrah on our own like booking your own hotel, transportation etc rather than through Umrah Agent. Is this right and what type of visa being issued...is it Umrah visa or Tourist Visa? Planned to do umrah after Hajj but seems that from your earlier comment, Umrah would only be allowed like a month after Hajj season.

Shukran jazilan from Malaysia

Haya

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

@Muslim Travel Girl, can Umrah be done on tourist visa after Hajj is completed... So say from 15th July onwards?

Muslim Travel Girl

Monday 6th of June 2022

You apply online and receive a tourist visa which allows you to go for Umrah as well. Check out the info on the tourist visa

Hav

Monday 30th of May 2022

I can't find official information about doing Umrah on E visa after May 31 and before hajj. I tried to call the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the consulate etc.

Do you have official information whether it's possible?

Muslim Travel Girl

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

You cannot go until after Hajj

Ayaz

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Hi, my friends are talking me that we can do umrah on a visitor visa even after the 30th of May, the suspension is only for the umrah agent visa. Do you have any information from any local sources.

Malek

Monday 6th of June 2022

@Ayaz, hello I am currently in Mecca, I did the Umrah, arrived on May 27 with a tourist visa I am leaving tomorrow for Medina

Muslim Travel Girl

Thursday 12th of May 2022

you cannot, during Hajj season it is not allowed. You can try obv you might not get caught but it is on you

AbdulRashid Khan

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Hello All,

Please make sure that you don't travel or transit from Turkey or Lebonan. I bought a Turkish airline ticket and I was going to fly from San Francisco to Jeddah via Istanbul. I am glad that I found out before I arrived there because anyone coming from the turkey will have to quarantine for 14 days to a non-restricted country(not sure who was supposed to sponsor that trip).

Turkish airline didn't issue refunds even though their website have the wrong info. I already have a non-refundable hotel book so I am now trying to rebook my air ticket with different airlines. Totally stuck because of them.

This post is just to save people who might be traveling via turkey and not to bullshit about Turkish airlines.

Best, AbdulRashid

Abdul

Friday 13th of May 2022

@AbdulRashid Khan, Turkish airline are allowing passengers into Jeddah if you have a umra visa until 30 May and if you have a tourist visa you can travel to madinah until 30 May