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    Preparing for Umrah – Things You Need to for your Visa

    Undertaking the Umrah pilgrimage is a huge step in a Muslim’s life, and preparation is key to making the second most sacred pilgrimage in the Islamic calendar a success.

    Knowing what you have to prepare before you head off on your pilgrimage is essential. As a pilgrim, for example, there are certain things that you will need to put in place to ensure that you are abiding by restrictions and regulations that are in place with regards to applying and acquiring your visa.

    When Can You Apply for a Visa?

    For Muslims living in Britain who want to undertake an Umrah pilgrimage, you must apply for a visa which will enable you to visit Makkah and fulfil your pilgrimage. These visas need to be submitted by an agent to the Saudi embassy.

    The application for this needs to be submitted by the 15th of Ramadan, as any applications submitted after will be rejected and you will not be able to perform Umrah. Applications will open for the following year once Hajj has been completed.

    What Do You Need for a Visa Application?

    You cannot submit your own visa application, as we mentioned above. This needs to be done by an authorised agent, who will submit your visa on your behalf. This means that you will need to be sure that your application is filled out correctly and has all the right information, following the guidelines that the Saudi embassy have set out.

    In order for your application to be successful, you will need to ensure the following:

    • Each application must be signed in block letters and using blank ink by the person travelling.
    • Two recent passport sized colour photographs which comply with passport regulations.
    • The passport stated on the form must be valid for six months.
    • If you have a non-Muslim name, you will need a certificate from a masjid confirming that you are a Muslim.
    • Your ticket details: these should be non-refundable tickets which have a flight from Saudi Arabia booked for two weeks after your arrival.
    • The airports that you arrive and depart from must be Jeddah or Madinah.
    • For Muslims applying who aren’t nationals of the country that they are applying from, you’re required to submit a valid residency permit with the application.
    • A certificate proving that you have received the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination less than three years ago. You will need to take this with you on your pilgrimage for entry into Saudi Arabia.

    For women, there are a few additional requirements that you need to follow. If you are younger than 45 years old, you must be accompanied by a mahram or your husband. You will need to prove your relationship to them to the visa agent.

    For those older than 45 years old, you are permitted to travel without a mahram or your husband, but you must travel in a group and have a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from your mahram or husband to allow you to travel and perform Umrah without them.

     

    If you are looking for the perfect Umrah package for 2017, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us  here at Your Travel Shop. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help you with the planning stage of your pilgrmmage.

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