In all circumstances, the passenger must carry a passport valid for at least 6 months, taking into account agreements between Saudi Arabia and other countries on the validity of the passport (for example, U.S. citizens). The Saudi government has announced a series of restrictions on entry due to COVID-19, including for religious travel. On 22 June, the Saudi government announced that the Hajj pilgrimage was being organised with a limited number of pilgrims of different nationalities already established in Saudi Arabia. Umrah is a pilgrimage that can be accomplished at any time of the year. All visits to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah have been suspended, regardless of nationality, visa type or resident status. Travellers are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia on an Umrah visa. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page in Saudi Arabia. Travel areas and length of stay allowed: if you are not sure, ask for clarification on arrival. Umrah is sometimes considered the “minor pilgrimage” because it is not mandatory, but is still highly recommended. It is usually able to be completed in a few hours, compared to ,ajj, which can take a few days.
Nor should it be interpreted as a substitute for the hajj. Both, however, are manifestations of solidarity of the Muslim people and their submission to Allah (God). For more information about MERS CoV, visit the website of the Saudi Ministry of Health and the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS CoV) continues to pose risks in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government recommends that the following travellers postpone travel: during the Hajj period from 1/11/1441AH (22/6/2020) to 15/12/1441AH (5/8/2020), all guests are allowed to: access visas, entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through international airports (King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh or King Khalid International Airport in Dammam). E-Visa: Tourists can request this via the website (visa.visitsaudi.com/). Do not travel to Saudi Arabia without accommodation or transportation done in advance. You may have difficulty with Saudi immigration and have trouble finding available services once you have arrived. SAUDIA enforces the rules adopted by the official authorities of Saudi Arabia regarding the transfer of SAOUDE guests who have access to consultation or seasonal work visas during the Hajj season, at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
Therefore, all guests who visit during the Hajj (pilgrimage) season should check with Saudi Embassies and Consulates in their country and ensure that ARABIE SAOUDITE assumes no responsibility for refusing travel on the basis of these rules. Umrah asks Muslims for two key rituals, Tawaf and Sa`i. Tawaf is a circle around the Kaaba. For the men, it is recommended to do the first three laps at a rushed pace, followed by four laps at a slower pace. Sa`i ensues between Safa and Marwah at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, a walk to commemorate Anhalton`s quest for water for his Son and God`s mercy by listening to prayers. Pilgrims complete the pilgrimage with Halq, a partial or total shortening of the hair. In accordance with Sharia (the law of Islam), a Muslim must first accept ihram for both pilgrimages, a state of purification obtained through the performance of purification rituals, the wearing of prescribed clothing and the renunciation of certain acts. This must be achieved when reaching a Miqat, a main border point in Mecca, such as Dhu`l-Hulaifah, Juhfah, Qarnu `l-Manézil, Yalamlam, Zét-i-Irq, Ibrah`m Murs`yah, or a place in Al-Hill. The conditions are different for passengers who have to observe Ihram when they enter a particular radius of the city.