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!)
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.
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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 .