Applications for Umrah visa will not be considered if the following requirements are not met:
- The applicant must have a machine-readable passport with a validity of at least six (6) months and acceptable both for entry to Saudi Arabia and entry to the next destination; the passport should have at least two empty visa pages adjacent to each other.
- Each applicant must submit one (1) recent passport size color photograph with a white background. The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly. Side or angled views are NOT accepted.
- A completed application form filled-out with black ink or printed
- The Mahram should write his complete information on the application forms of his spouse and children or any relative with whom he is traveling. He should also provide copies of marriage or birth certificates; if these documents were issued outside the US, he should then provide copies translated and notarized by a certified translation office.
- The applicant must be in possession of a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with confirmed reservations.
- The applicant must submit proof of vaccination for meningitis. The original proof of vaccination must be stamped by the Medical Office or Pharmacy.
- Umrah visas will only be granted once the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have approved the applicant’s request.
- The validity of the Umrah visa is one month. The length of stay in the Kingdom will depend on the duration of the Umrah program chosen by the applicant. For Ramadan, the validity of Umrah visa is up to fifteen (15) days.
- Any applicant visiting the United States who has legally spent more than two (2) months in the United States country may apply for an Umrah visa.
- Minors (under 18 years of age) will not be granted an Umrah visa if not accompanied by their family and travelling with one parent must submit a notarized letter of authorization, in either in Arabic or English, signed by both parents or legal guardians.
- If the applicant has converted to Islam, he/she should provide an Islamic certificate notarized by an Islamic Center.
General Guidelines for Umrah Pilgrims:
- Travelers must carry vaccination certificates with them for inspection by the Saudi Authority at port of entry.
- No food products are allowed into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Pilgrims will be authorized to visit any city besides the Holy Sites, if they request permission from the Authorized Saudi Passport Offices. Their travel agency should be informed of such intention. The travel agency should then provide and arrange for transportation.
- Umrah pilgrims should not overstay their visas.
- Umrah pilgrims are urged to declare all currencies in their possession and to exchange currencies only through authorized currency exchange establishments.