After many years, the question of “Can I go for Umrah After Ramadan” is always a regular one. So let’s answer it insha’Allah to help you understand how things work and what are the visa rules for Umrah.
When Can you do Umrah
So the Umrah period is the period where pilgrims are allowed to go and perform Umrah. This also means that this is the time that the Saudi embassy issues visas.
You can issue an Umrah Visa and perform your own DIY Umrah with the help of our Ultimate Guide to DIY Umrah.
Umrah Visa applications close after the first two weeks in Ramadan, after the 14th of Ramadan you cannot issue an Umrah visa.
When does Umrah close before Hajj: Umrah closes after the first two weeks in Ramadan and there are no more Umrah visas. They will reopen again after Hajj.
This gives time for the Saudi authorities to clean up after Hajj and to prepare for Umrah.
This is not an easy process and the more I look into Hajj &Umrah the more I respect the amount of effort it takes to host millions of people.
The Umrah period starts approximately 2 months after Hajj and ends the second week or so of Ramadan.
There are no specific dates for this and no announcements, agents will get access to the system and start issuing visas.
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This is when the Saudi authorities stop issuing visas for Umrah and start preparing for Hajj visas.
So if for example, you want to go for Umrah in Ramadan you will have to apply before Ramadan in order to receive it on time.
Umrah Visa After Ramadan
Umrah visas are not issued after Ramadan.
Pilgrims who go to visit during Ramadan must leave the country when Ramadan ends and cannot overstay this time. Basically, you have to leave on Eid or shortly a day or two after Eid Al Fitr.
People always ask if they can stay longer than Eid and I have seen instances where they booked their flights for a week later. Your Umrah visa rule specifically says you must not spend Eid Al Fitr there.
Authorities do turn a blind eye for a day or two due to the sheer amount of people, but nowadays it’s all automated and you will be recorded and might have problems if you stay longer in the future.
Who Can Go For Umrah Between Eid Al Fitr and Hajj
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.
The reason for this is because the only people who can perform Umrah after Ramadan are GCC nationals; those with permanent residency or work permits and Saudis.
This is as I mentioned above in order to control the flow and make sure they are ready for Hajj.
If you want to go for Umrah after Ramadan you will actually have to wait after Hajj…
In short Visas for Umrah are open approximately 10 months out of the 12th, this is minus the preparing period and Hajj time.
The new Umrah season is usually first of Muharram.
If you want more practicalities with regards to Umrah then make sure you check out our master DIY Umrah page for more.