How do you get an Umrah visa in Saudi Arabia?


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An Umrah visa to Saudi Arabia can only be obtained through an authorized, licensed U.S. travel agency. A list of travel agents able to issue an Umrah visa is available at SaudiEmbassy.net. An Umrah visa, which is free of charge and valid for 15 days, does not grant authorization to reside or work within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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An applicant for an Umrah visa must have a valid passport, a completed application form and a non-refundable round trip ticket with confirmed reservations. All women seeking to travel for Umrah must travel with a mahram, or man whom she is permanently forbidden under Islamic law to marry, such as a relative. Saudi law also requires proof of kinship be included with the application form. Organized groups of women over the age of 45 may travel without a mahram. If the visa applicant is a convert to Islam, the applicant must provide an Islamic certificate notarized by an Islamic center.

In order to receive admission into Saudi Arabia, travelers must present valid vaccination certificates to Saudi officials for inspection at the port of entry. Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia with an Umrah visa may visit any city in the nation besides the Holy Sites, as long as the pilgrim submits a request for permission from the authorized Saudi passport offices.

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