The Saudi government has strict regulations for Hajj and Umrah visas. Failure to comply can result in fines, detentions, deportations and/or bans on future travel to Saudi Arabia.
• The visas use dates from the official Hijri calendar. The Hajj visa is valid only from 4 Dhu Al-Hijjah through 10 Muharram. The Umrah visa is issued only for Umrah season and is valid for 15 days.
• The two visas are not interchangeable. You cannot perform Hajj with an Umrah visa or vice versa.
• If you wish to perform Hajj more than once, you must wait at least five years between pilgrimages.
• Several documents are required before a visa will be issued: an application form, including information about the mahram (male relative) if the applicant is a female age 45 or under; proof of kinship (birth and marriage certificates); proof of vaccination; and a nonrefundable roundtrip ticket.
• Applicants who have converted to Islam must present a certificate notarized by an Islamic Center attesting to their conversion.
• Women 45 or younger may not perform Hajj or Umrah without an mahram.
• Women over age 45 may travel with an organized group and without a mahram, but they must submit a notarized letter of no objection from a male guardian.
• Minors (under age 18) may not travel unaccompanied by family.
• Both Umrah and Hajj visas restrict travel to the areas in, around and between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.
• Do not overstay your visa.
• Neither visa is valid for work or residency.
Once you have received your entry visa, you may want to know everything about the Umm Al Qura, and how to perform Umrah or Hajj from the moment you step in. Take a look at AccorHotels’ Makkah Guide that offers you a step-by-step guide to Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage.