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by , GO-Makakh Press, GO-Makakh News 23.11.12
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Umrah Visa 2013
Published in 23.11.12

The Saudi Consulate Section of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC would like to inform prospective Umrah applicants to check with authorized Umrah travel agencies for the beginning and end of the annual Umrah seasons.  Umrah visas are not valid for work or residence.

Umrah and Hajj Health Requirements


"We would like to bring to all applicants’ attention that Umrah visas are granted gratis. Each applicant for an Umrah visa must apply through an authorized, licensed US travel agency. These agencies must have signed contract with Saudi companies or establishment to provide Umrah visas services. Umrah visas are not valid for work or residency.


  • Umrah visas are provided free of charge.
  • Umrah visas do not give the right to work or reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Each applicant for an Umrah visa must apply through a licensed U.S. travel agency, which must have signed a contract with a Saudi company or establishment to provide Umrah visa services.


Applications for Hajj visa will not be considered if the following requirements are not met:

1. The applicant must have a 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.

2. 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.

3. A completed application form filled-out with black ink or printed; the form must be signed and stamped
by the authorized travel agency.

4. 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.

5. All women are required to travel for Umrah with a Mahram. Proof of kinship must be submitted with the
application form. Women over the age of forty-five (45) may travel without a Mahram with an organized
group, They must, however submits a no objection letter from her husband, son or brother authorizing her
to travel for Umrah with the named group. This letter should be notarized.

6. The applicant must be in possession of a non-refundable roundtrip ticket with confirmed reservations.

7. The applicant must submit proof of vaccination for meningitis and ACYW135. For infants and children up
to fifteen (15) years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis and polio.
Children over fifteen (15) years of age should present the same vaccinations requested for adults.

a. meningitis and ACYW135.

b. The seasonal (or common) flu, which should be taken two weeks before applying for the visa.

c. The H1N1 flu, if a vaccine is made available before Hajj season, and should be taken two weeks before applying for the visa.

d. Infants and children up to fifteen (15) years of age should provide a vaccination report for meningococcal and polio.

e. Children above fifteen (15) years of age should present the same vaccinations requested for adults.

f. Health experts advise the following groups to postpone their plans for Hajj and Umrah this year for their own safety:
   The elderly, the terminally ill, pregnant women, and children.

8.  Umrah visas will only be granted once the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have
approved the applicant’s request.

9.  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.

10. 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 through an authorized travel agency.

11. 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 notrized letter of authorization, in either in Arabic or English,
signed by both parents or legal guardians.

12. If the applicant has converted to Islam, he/she should provide an Islamic certificate notarized by an
Islamic Center".

Posted by: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC (

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Luxury hotels in Mecca were full for Hajj
Luxury hotels around the Grand Mosque in Mecca were running full for this year's Hajj despite hundreds of new rooms opening. "Makkah Hilton & Towers were a sell-out for the month surrounding Hajj," said Shuja Zaidi, the hotel's general manager and vice president for Hilton Worldwide projects in Saudi Arabia. "We had expected rates to be lower than in 2010 due to the increased supply of hotel rooms in and around the Haram." But demand exceeded supply and rates remained "in line" with last year.