A separate visa is required for Muslim pilgrims performing Hajj compared to those performing Umrah. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah released this statement.
Umrah visa holders will not be permitted to perform Hajj, according to the statement. If they wish to perform the pilgrimage, they must leave Saudi Arabia and apply for a Hajj visa.
As per the statement, Umrah visa holders have until 15th dhu al-Qida 1444H (4 June 2023) to arrive. In 2023, Umrah pilgrims will be able to depart after 29 Dhu al-Qidah 1444H (18 June 2023).
Prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia, pilgrims should plan their travel well in advance and ensure they have the appropriate visa.
The statement comes as millions of pilgrims prepare to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All Muslims who are able to make the journey are required to perform Hajj. It is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Saudi Arabia faces many logistical challenges during the Hajj pilgrimage. In recent years, the Kingdom has made significant investments in infrastructure and security to ensure the pilgrimage runs smoothly.
In addition, the Kingdom has taken steps to make the Hajj pilgrimage more accessible to pilgrims from around the world. The Kingdom implemented a new visa system, allowing pilgrims from 49 different countries to apply for visas online.
For Muslims, the Hajj pilgrimage is a time of great spiritual significance. It is a time for the community to come together and worship Allah. The pilgrimage is also an opportunity to ponder the meaning of Islam and renew one’s commitment to the faith.
Can I do Hajj on Umrah visa?
No, you cannot.