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 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.
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 and up until they close for Hajj.
There is no other limitation mentioned there.
Umrah After Ramadan 2024 and Until Hajj 2024
During the time of year when Ramadan is approaching this becomes the most popular post on Muslim Travel Girl. 🙂
Saudi Arabia does not give you specific / exact dates when they close for Umrah after Ramadan and before Hajj.
Over the years, they have tried to reduce the timings on these. However as this website is read by hundreds of thousands of people I do not want to say something wrong so I always go on the side of caution.
I suggest your cut-off days for Umrah before the Hajj season be 4 weeks before the Hajj / Arafat days!
Since Hajj falls around the 14th of June 2024, personally, I would stop booking Umrah towards the middle or last week of May.
This will make sure you are within the time limits.
Since there is money, time and emotion involved you don’t want to be booking closer to date and then they extend the timings.
Last year 2023 they closed 2 weeks before. I have left my comments from 2023 and the dates for you to see.
For Ramadan 2024 there have been rumours it will be the same. However again, until we have a confirmation from a goverment source I will not be suggesting this.
The Nusuk app is usually a good indication of when they will be closing since they will grey out the app for Umrah slots.
However, since Umrah slots open only 4 weeks in advance, this is redundant for most.
When does Umrah Open after Hajj 2024?
Another popular question is when do they open Umrah after Hajj? Again I will keep this general since I have been monitoringt his for seevral years.
Last year, they opened 3 weeks after Hajj for Umrah again. So again I would recommend you book 2 to 3 weeks after Hajj if you really want to take advantage of the cheaper prices.
My suggestion again is to start booking Umrah after Hajj 2024, around the end of June 2024 or the start of July 2024.
My suggestion will be to go to Medinah first since there is no restriction around 2 weeks after Hajj and then head to Makkah once they say it is open.
Again usually, they don’t announce it until closer to time, but there are fewer restrictions after the Hajj dates and when post Hajjis are gone.
Can you visit Medinah during Hajj season?
Yes, those on tourist visas don’t have restrictions to visit Medinah. This is because Medinah is less crowded so easier to manage.
Previous years opening up after Ramadan and Hajj
- In 2023, they closed on 4th June 2023 – Hajj 2023 fell on the 26th of June, so Saudi closed approximately 3 weeks before Hajj.
- In 2023, they opened for Umrah on 20th of July 2023, which again was around 20 days after Hajj.
This is why I always recommend 4 weeks on either side to be on a cautious level. I would hate for you to book when you cannot go. This is a recurring theme, with many people messaging that they booked and burned their money.
Also, since I did Hajj in 2023, I have a full list of my Hajj posts here; you also cannot enter during Hajj season. There are so many checks and guards that will be very hard, and now everything is electronic and on the app. So there is no sneaking in during Hajj for Umrah.
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