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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.

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 for those coming for Umrah from abroad from the 30th of Shawwal which is 30th of May 2022. They will open approximatly 4 weeks after Hajj but the date is not confirmed. Here is the annoucement.

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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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.

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

Maria

Friday 6th of May 2022

Assalam o Alaikum,

I just saw your post. Can you please let me know where you got the information regarding Muslims on visitor visa not allowed Umrah from May 30 onwards. We are landing on May 30th and am a little worried now.

Jazakomullahu Khairan

Faiz

Saturday 14th of May 2022

@Maria, sis what is your situation now? I am in a similar dilemma...

Muslim Travel Girl

Saturday 7th of May 2022

Saudi Gazette made the announcement from the ministry of Hajj

Malek

Friday 6th of May 2022

salam when does the hajj season start? thank you

Malek

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Merci

Muslim Travel Girl

Saturday 7th of May 2022

please read above. starts 30th may

Hamza

Monday 2nd of May 2022

Assalamu Alaikum,

Please do update this post, is there any news on whether we can perform Umrah on a Tourist visa between Ramadhan and Umrah?

Muslim Travel Girl

Friday 6th of May 2022

the post has been updated