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DIY Umrah Blog

Welcome to MuslimTravelGirl’s DIY Umrah Blog 

This website has helped over one million Muslims worldwide understand how to organise DIY Umrah, how to manage their Umrah or tourist visas and to help them plan a trip without breaking the bank. 

I am genuinely grateful to everyone who has read a post or two because it was a dream come true. 

I started this website to share my travel experiences, and the DIY Umrah part of it grew from my love and desire to do Umrah without paying the high fees back in 2015.

After looking at Umrah packages and the prices, I was so disappointed I couldn’t afford to visit the Holy cities of Makkah and Medinah in style just like I wanted, so I decided to perform my own DIY Umrah.

Since then I have become the “Umrah girl” and I have performed Umrah several times with amazing savings and also helped million of other Muslims through MuslimTravelGIrl to do precisely the same.

Umrah should not be an unattainable dream; it should be a spiritual uplift in a busy world!

Umrah (Islamic Pilgrimage) was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I never even dreamt of having the ability to perform an Umrah during the last ten nights of Ramadan with massive savings.

My first Umrah was in 2013 for under £300 per person, including flights and hotels but excluding the visas! Which back then was about £150 per person. 

My second Umrah was in 2015 during the last ten nights of Ramadan in the newly opened Hyatt Makkah, and we travelled in business class on points. 

My DIY Umrah in 2015 saving me over £18,000
My DIY Umrah in 2015

The trip’s total price was £2,000 for two people and saving on a standard Umrah package of £18,000 during that busy time. 

In Ramadan 2022, we did Umrah again Alhumdulilah with similar savings of about £10,000 for the hotels alone. 

Over the last 9 years since I started this website and my DIY Umrah journey with the tips I share here, I have saved well over £50,000 for luxury hotels in Makkah on the most expensive nights of the year during Ramadan. 

My goal is to help Muslims experience an amazing Umrah by elevating their experience with tips on loyalty points, hotel savings and more.

So if your budget is for a three-star hotel, I want to ensure you get a four-star option without paying extra. 

In my DIY Umrah Book, How to Plan your Umrah like a Pro, you can find the short version of these tips. 

While you are on the DIY Umrah section of MuslimTravelGirl, you can find up-to-date information on Umrah-related. 

Now, it is much easier to perfect Umrah without packages and agents, especially for those in the West, so I am truly grateful we get to experience this. 

doing Umrah with my daughter muslimtravelgirl
Umrah with my daughter, her second time

What Can you learn about DIY Umrah on MTG?

  • Regulations on visas
  • How to plan your own DIY Umrah and save money
  • How to use loyalty points for Umrah
  • Helpful tips while you are in Makkah and Medinah
  • The best up-to-date Umrah transportation options all in one place
  • DIY Umrah packages done for you with prices and links to book-saving cash
  • The best, most cost-effective ways to find flights and accommodation in Makkah
  • Reviews of the biggest hotel chains in Makkah and Medinah
  • Umrah tips for travelling with kids
  • Many more Umrah tips and options for the best experience possible without breaking the bank

My readers can expect fantastic savings between 25% to 40%, depending on how savvy they are with their Umrah planning and how they use the information on this website.

“The land-only packages are expensive, and I have a family of 4. Getting things done on my own is costing me only 25% of the cost they are charging for packages.” – Babar, USA

What is the difference between Umrah Visa and Tourist Visa?

This question gets asked a lot, and people are still confused about it.

Umrah visas are issued to those countries that cannot apply for tourist visas. They also require Umrah packages through an agent, and the Umrah visa is applied through agents in their respective countries. For example, Pakistan or Bangladesh. 

A tourist visa, as the name suggests, is the new visa that Saudi started in 2019 to entice more tourists to visit the country. You can apply online quickly and usually get the result in less than one hour, and you can also perform Umrah on a tourist visa. You don’t need agents or Umrah packages; they are perfect for DIY Umrah.

The tourist visa is available to all North American citizens, the EU, and several other countries.

You can find a full article with details on the tourist visa here. 

On MuslimTravelGirl, we cover the up-to-date details on anything Umrah-related.

My solo Umrah in makkah 2021

I write mostly now about the tourist visa option since our readers are from Western countries or those with the tourist visa available. 

A Quick Guide to DIY Umrah 

It can be intimidating to try and plan your own DIY Umrah for the first time. However, I would approach it similarly to planning a family holiday. 

This is a very simplified version for a quick guide but if you want a more in-depth option with tips please check out this post. 

Where to start your DIY Umrah Journey 

With so many articles and travel tips on Umrah, it is very easy to get confused and not sure where to start your DIY Umrah journey on this website. 

The first article you should read on The Ultimate Guide on How to do a DIY Umrah 

Learning about Loyalty points and how they can help your Umrah journey check the guide. 

  1. Saudi tourist visa
  2. Best Hotels for Umrah 2022
  3. Best Hilton Hotels in Makkah
  4. Haramain Train for Makkah and Medinah
  5. Ultimate Umrah Transportation Guide from Jeddah to Mecca and Medinah
  6. Best Tips for Umrah with a baby 
  7. Can you go for Umrah after Ramadan? 
  8. Best Airport for Departures and Arrivals during Umrah

All other Umrah articles can be found here. 

If you are looking for a shortcut that can help save you money not only for your DIY Umrah but also on every other trip you take then check out our DIY Umrah Book as well. 

For more in-depth information on some aspects of Umrah check out my Youtube videos.

Monthly DIY Umrah Packages for You

Every month we curate Umrah packages with hotel deals and flights from our readers’ most popular locations via our newsletter first and then on the website. 

If you want to be the first to get the deals, please sign up for our newsletter below.

We have categorised them by month, so it is easy to track them. 

Hotel Reviews in Makkah and Medinah

DIY Umrah E-Book

Imagine going for Umrah, standing in front of the Kabah without having to pay thousands on flights, accommodations or agents.

In my DIY Umrah E-book, I share with you how you can save thousands every time for every trip. It truly changes the way you travel.

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Abdul

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Salaam Sister Re -Nusuk App Do I have to be in the KSA 6 hrs prior to my umrah timing slot? Which I booked on Nusuk Eg -if I land in Jeddah 1am the earliest I can book a slot for umrah would have to be 7am is that correct?

Jzk

Nabila

Friday 7th of October 2022

Hi Thankyou for such an informative blog, quick question I’ve heard differing information on meningitis vaccinations. Are they compulsory or just advisory as an entry requirement for Umrah.

Thankyou in advance for your help.

Nabila

Hassan Javed

Monday 31st of October 2022

@Muslim Travel Girl, Is the meningitis vaccination not mandatory on tourist visa even if I intend to perform Umrah?

Nabila

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

@Muslim Travel Girl, Thankyou

Muslim Travel Girl

Monday 10th of October 2022

Please check out the tourist visa section. But no its not on tourist visa

Zulfa N

Monday 3rd of October 2022

Assalamualaikum sister,

Thank you so much for this wonderfull blog, very informative and structural. I have several questions below if you don't mind: 1. Do we allow to bring zamzam water on the flight back home with a tourist visa (flight from Jeddah)? 2. We are US green card holders and planning to get on arrival visa, I am wondering if there will be a problem with airline (in our case is Turkish) to fly without a visa? 3. I heard that with on arrival visa, we won't get a visa number, and I am wondering if we still able to register with nusuk for raudah and umrah without one? 4. Do you know if there is/are luggage storage in Jeddah, since our flight back will be at 12AM and want to go around Jeddah after check out from hotel.

Thank you so much in advanced Zul

Hamza

Friday 18th of November 2022

@Zulfa N, please share an update on your situation! My wife is also a green card holder (Pak passport) and I am trying to figure out the same regarding flying into Madinah without a visa via Turkish.

Dinul Hussain Syed

Monday 25th of April 2022

Hi I have booked my holidays in August 13th to Istanbul then traveling to Madinah on the 18th August and returning to UK on the 1st of September. My children return to school hence why I had t o book the potential Umrah for End of August 2022. My only concern is weather I will be able to get an Umrah visa and/or Tourist Visa. I’m not sure what to do here I’d prefer the visa issues to be sorted at least 3weekd before departure for some peace of mind. Any guidance on this is much appreciated.

Hedzlyn Mohamed M

Monday 18th of July 2022

@Muslim Travel Girl, How early can we apply for the evisa before travelling to Saudi Arabia for umrah? Jazakillah

Muslim Travel Girl

Friday 6th of May 2022

You can do Umrah then yes. Just issue your visa before travelling so you have peace of mind.