If you’re planning to go to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, there are two types of visas you can obtain – the tourist visa (eVisa) and the Umrah visa. The eVisa is an online visa application system available for citizens of over 50 countries. The process involves giving personal information, travel details, and supporting documents, and paying a visa fee of 440 SAR (approximately £110) online. Once approved, the eVisa is sent via email to the applicant, who must print a copy to present on arrival in Saudi Arabia.
To get an Umrah visa, find a licensed Umrah travel agent in your country, and gather the required documents, including a valid passport, two passport-sized photos, and a certificate of vaccination. You must pay the agent a fee of £250 for the visa and complete the Umrah visa application form. Submit the application and documents to your travel agent, who will forward them to the Saudi Arabian embassy or consulate in your country for processing. Once your application is approved, your Umrah travel agent will receive your visa and send it to you. The visa will be valid for 30 days and allows you to perform Umrah once during this time.
It is important to start the visa application process well in advance of your travel dates as the Umrah visa process can take several weeks. The Saudi Arabian government may also impose travel restrictions during the Umrah season, so stay updated on any news or updates related to the visa application process. Lastly, note that you can bring back zamzam water via Jeddah International Airport with an Umrah visa, but not with a tourist eVisa.