The journey to Mecca and Madina includes a number of requirements. Not only the financial or your physical strength, it also has a number of legal formalities like the visa. For taking the Umrah flight, you need to have a valid Umrah Visa. If you are attending this religious journey for the very first time, then you need to get aware of the number of queries attached to it.
Here we are discussing the frequently asked questions on the requirements and rules regarding the availability of Hajj and Umrah Visa.
What is the Hajj and why is it important for people to take?
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam as per the Muslim mythology which occurs in the month of Dhul Hijjah (the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar). It is believed that every Muslim adult must undertake this journey to Mecca & Madina at least once in their lives if they can afford it and are physically able.
How is the Hajj performed?
Hajj is performed in three ways:
- Hajj al-Tamattu’
- Hajj al-Ifrad
- Hajj al-Qiran
Can children accompany their parents on Hajj?
YES, children can accompany their parents on Hajj. At the time you are applying for the visa, you should include their names in the parent passport and attach their birth certificates too. As per the rules, children can’t go alone and they need be accompanied by a Mahram (a male relative). No applicant under the legal age of eighteen will be granted a Hajj visa if not accompanied by his family.
What kind of clothing is recommended for Hajj?
Both men and women usually wear white attires, which symbolizes equality and purity. The weather is generally very warm all the time if you are going in the summer months but in the winter months, it can get a little cold at night. Pilgrims are advised to take an extra quilt and at least one item of warm clothing.
Do I have to pay for the Hajj Visas?
The Umrah and Hajj visas are free. For Hajj, you need to pay two checks to cover the cost of guides, Zamzam water agents, tent accommodation in Mina & Arafat and transportation costs. You need to ask the nearest Saudi Consulate about the current level of these charges. Booking your tickets through the Hajj package like a 5-star package or other will help you to minimize some of your cost.
Which is the best time to apply for the Umrah visa?
The processing time of the Umrah Visa is around 2 weeks so applying 2 weeks prior to your travel date will be a perfect time. Always try to take the special Umrah package. It consists of different sections like a 5-star package or economy package and more; you can choose as per your needs.
What is the validity of an Umrah visa?
The Umrah Visa is free of charge and it expires at the end of the Umrah program. Depending on the time, the Umrah visa validity is 2 weeks only. It means that you should perform Umrah within these 2 weeks and your departure from Saudi Arabia must be within two weeks of the date of entry.
Where can pilgrims apply for the Hajj Visa?
You can avail the application form from your nearest Saudi Consulate. Appointing a licensed travel agent is always advisable because they can arrange a visa as well as your travel and accommodation. They can also help in case; you need anything else during this religious journey. The travel agent will send your application form to the Saudi Consulate.
How do I know my Visa number?
The visa number is also known as visa foil number. This is a red number printed on the bottom right side of the document. A US visa number usually contains eight numeric characters. In some cases, a U.S. visa number contains one letter followed by seven numeric characters.
How do I check my Visa card balance?
To check your Visa card balance, you need to enter your 16-digit Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Reward Card number followed by the 3-digit CVV code which is located on the back of your card. Plus there is no fee attached to check the balance.
Is it necessary to take a visa with a package?
YES, you need to take the visa at least with a land package.
What one needs to do after receiving the invoice and confirmation?
After you receive the invoice and confirmation, you can fill out the visa application by providing all the necessary documents required for the visa. Mail all the documents so that your visa can easily process. One more important thing is that you must check the accuracy of your confirmation by reviewing it properly. In case, you required changes in your reservation – do it in the prescribed time, otherwise it can’t be changed later.
When will I receive my documents?
After all of your documents and full payment is received, you will receive back your all documents within 15 to 22 days.
Which is the next step after receiving my complete package with all finalized documents?
Reviewing your all documents and confirmations will help you to maintain the accuracy. In case there is any kind of mistake, do correct it timely.
Can solo women obtain an Umrah visa?
YES, a solo woman can obtain the Umrah Visa but there are certain regulations attached to it. It includes:
- Single ladies under the age of 45 cannot obtain an Umrah visa
- They need to travel to Umrah without a mahrame. their husband, father, brother or son) who need to be above the age of 18.
- If you are a female above the age of 45, then you need at least 3 other women traveling with you (whose age should also be more than 45 years).
What is the procedure to check the visa status?
Following are the few instructions that will help you to understand how to view your visa status:
Firstly, you need to visit the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) homepage.
Then click on the ‘Check your own visa details with VEVO’ button. This will display the visa holder inquiry screen in front of you and you can check your visa status.
What are the requirements for Hajj and Umra Visa?
Following are the Hajj and Umra Visa Requirements:
- The applicant needs to fill and sign the application form.
- Then, you require the two passport-sized photographs.
- The passport should be in order and must be valid for at list 6 months.
- Hajj & Umra visa services agents are only allowed to deal with the visa applications.
- A meningitis immunization certificate: It is the certificate that every pilgrim must have, this is the proof of your immunization and prepare at least ten days before traveling.
- Children whose age is one year or above, they need to travel with their parent. Hence they are traveling on their parent’s passport so that must have their photograph affixed to it and must be endorsed by the authority concerned.
- For females, they need to accompany their Mahram (husband, father, uncle, adult son, brother or nephew) whose age must be more than 17 years.
How much money should one take?
One of the best Hajj tips is that the pilgrims must take enough money with them to buy stuff like a food item, laundry bills, shopping, and souvenirs and you won’t get anything at the Hajj terminal. You will need a couple of hundred pounds. Obviously, the budget varies from person to person. Avoid carrying traveler’s cheque as there will be times when you will not be carrying your passport with you so taking cash is perfect in such case.