Umrah Visa fee 2021, Latest News
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has canceled the repeat Umrah visa fee in New Umrah policy 2020. Now the Muslims belonging to all around the world including Pakistan will not have to pay 2000 Riyal on their second Umrah in the same year. Now the Umrah visa fee from Pakistan is 300 Riyal for all Muslims.
Simply We Can Say That The Saudi Government Has Abolished Two Thousand Fee And Imposed 300 Riyal As Umrah Visa Fee On All New And Repeating Pilgrims.
According to the Arab News, the Saudi minister for Haj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammad Salih has thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the settlement of the Umrah visa fee issue.
‘’This action will facilitate the Umrah pilgrims and reinforce our Vision 2030 reform plan to welcome 30 million pilgrims by that year” he said. According to the Hajj Minister, this great decision shows that their government is ready to welcome an increasing number of pilgrims. They have prepared large infrastructure projects and upgraded the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
Umrah Policy 1441
Umrah policy 1441 or new Umrah policy 2020 for Pakistan is being searched by the Muslims who want to perform Umrah. Actually new Umrah visa policy is issued every year before the beginning of the Hajj season. The Ministry of Haj and Umrah used to stop receiving applications for Umrah visas every year during these days.
If we talk about the Umrah policy 1441, The Hajj season is over and the submission of Umrah visa applications has been started from 15 Zil Hajj which will continue till 14 Shawwal.
According To The new Urmah Policy, The Saudi Embassy In Pakistan will Receive Umrah Visa Applications From 16th August 2019 (15 Zil Hajj) To 4th June 2020 (14 Shawwal). This Is Called ”New Umrah Policy 2020 For Pakistan” which has solved the issue of the Umrah visa fee.
Moreover, the new Umrah visa rules revealed that the entry of Umrah pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will end on 19th Jun 2020. This is Umrah season 2020-21.
Umrah Visa Fee from Pakistan
Every Muslim has the desire to perform Hajj and Umrah. So millions of Muslims visit Saudi Arabia for this holy object from around the world every year. The Saudi government has been facilitating the pilgrims and never charged the Umrah visa fee from Pakistan like other countries, even still it is free for the first visit. However, it was imposed last year on the second term. Now it is canceled and the Umrah visa fee for Pakistani is 300 Riyal as well as for all Muslims.
There were two confusions regarding the Umrah visa fee 2020. The first one was due to the Saudi government. Our prime minister Imran Khan went to Saudi Arabia on his first official visit in Sep 2018. On this eve, two brother countries agreed to increase corporation in every field of life. PM Imran raises the issue of the Umrah visa fee from Pakistan on this occasion and the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman promised to check the issue.
Very next month, the Saudi Hajj ministry informed our ministry that they were agreed to abolish Umrah visa fees from Pakistan. The Secretary of Religious affairs told in the Senate.
Umrah Medical Insurance
Besides the Umrah visa fee from Pakistan, medical insurance is also a mandatory part of your Umrah journey now. You have to pay an extra 110 Riyals for Umrah medical insurance. However, the insurance companies will provide you different covers during your stay in Holy cities.
Umrah visa requirements
You can apply for an Umrah visa through approved Hajj and Umrah agents in Pakistan. If we talk about umrah visa requirements, the Saudi embassy in Islamabad demands these documents for the issuance of the Umrah visa.
- A completely filled Umrah visa form. (The applicant having non-Muslim names will have to submit a certificate from a mosque or an Islamic center stating that the applicant is a Muslim.
- One passport size color photo with a blue background.
- Original Passport with a minimum of six months’ validity.
- Confirmed and non-refundable air ticket which shows the departure from Saudi Arabia within two weeks from the date of entry.
- A vaccination certificate against Meningococcal Meningitis.
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Note: According to Saudi laws, women and children should be accompanied by husband/father or a Mahram. Proof of relationship in the form of marriage and birth certificates. It is necessary for “Mahram” to travel with the same flight.
Immunity: 45 years or more old women can travel without Mahram.
Etimad Appointment for Biometric
Before applying for an Umrah visa, Biometric verification from Etimad center is necessary now for every applicant. Etimad has established offices in almost all district headquarters for the convenience of Umrah applicants. You have to get an online Etimad appointment for biometric verification by visiting this link: Etimad Biometric verification
The biometric fee RS 1200/ will be charged on the Etimad center. After this verification, your travel agent will be all able to apply for Umrah visa on your behalf.
Umrah Visa Status Pakistan
After submitting all documents, paying the Umrah visa fee, and fulfilling all the conditions you will have to wait for visa approval. During this period you can check the current position from this link: Umrah Visa Status Pakistan
Umrah visa validity
Umrah visa validity is one month now. Within 2 weeks you should perform Umrah and can visit Saudi Arabia during the rest of two weeks. (Also check: Free Invitation Letter for Visa)
Video for Etimad appointment guideline
The Saudi ministry has started Umrah e-services for the pilgrims of all countries including Pakistan. Although it is still for approved Umrah agents and you can not apply yourself yet this service will be beneficial for you.
The first advantage that you get in Umrah e-services is the safety of your passport, as you don’t need to provide your original passport for the Umrah e visa. Agents are advised to collect the only photocopy of passports from all applicants.