Announcement by The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 will be the last day of entry into the Kingdom for Umrah pilgrims who have already been issued with Umrah visas.

Umrah pilgrims received visa before June 17, 2019 would be allowed to enter the Kingdom until July 02, 2019

In a circular, the ministry informed the Umrah service providers that the electronic issuance of Umrah visas was stopped on Monday, June 17, 2019 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

It however said Umrah pilgrims who were issued visas before June 17 would be allowed to enter into the Kingdom until July 02, 2019. Read more: Umrah Visa Fees for the Second Time Visitors


Punishments announced for over staying Umrah pilgrims 

The ministry asked the service providers to make sure that all Umrah pilgrims left Saudi Arabia for their respective homes. It warned that severe punishments would be applied on Umrah visa over-stayers. Read more: SR 50,000 Fine and 6 Months Imprisonment for Umrah Pilgrims

Do you know how many Foreign pilgrims performed Umrah since October 2018?

More than 7 million foreign pilgrims performed Umrah since the season started in late October. The largest number of the Umrah pilgrims came from Pakistan followed by Indonesia and India. Read more: Smart bracelets for Umrah pilgrims with GPS technology


Do you know what will be the new date for receiving Umrah visa applications?

Mohammed Bin Badi, CEO of the National Committee for the Hajj and Umrah, said the ministry would resume receiving applications for Umrah visas from Dhul Hijja 15 (August 16, 2019). Read more: Saudi Arabia Announces to Start Issuing E-Visas for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims

Umrah visas will not be issued for more than 30 days

He said Umrah visas would be issued in five days and would be for a period not exceeding one month.


30 million Umrah pilgrims expected by 2030

The ministry expects the number of Umrah pilgrims to cross the 30 million mark by the year 2030.

Developing Hajj and Umrah services is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. Read more: Pilgrims and Saudi Expats May Soon Travel to Madinah on Camel Backs

Saudi Vision 2030 targets to give an outstanding experience to the pilgrims by providing them with excellent services.


Hajj Minister Mohammed Saleh Benten said the ministry would like to see Umrah companies elevate the sector to unprecedented levels by raising the quality of the services offered, especially in housing, transport and visits to historical sites.

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Source: Saudi Gazette