The current Umrah season for Muslims visiting Saudi Arabia from other countries will end on May 31.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has set the current Islamic month of Shawwal 30, which corresponds to May 31 in the Gregorian calendar, as the deadline for overseas Muslims to perform Umrah.
“The deadline for applying for an Umrah visa for those outside the Kingdom is Shawwal 15 in coordination with the Saudi Foreign Ministry,” the ministry said in a statement.
It stated that foreign visitors could apply for Umrah visas through approved online platforms, and that dates for registration and submission for this year’s Hajj would be announced in due course through official channels.
For the first time in two years, the Kingdom is preparing to welcome Hajj pilgrims from all over the world. Last year’s Hajj was limited to 60,000 worshippers, all from Saudi Arabia, due to the coronavirus pandemic, while numbers were reduced to 1,000 at the peak of the global health crisis in 2020.
The ministry noticed, however, that the number of people permitted to visit the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah would be determined by government health and safety concerns.
Pilgrims would be required to take preventive measures while performing Hajj duties, according to the ministry, which also stated that those under the age of 65 — according to the Gregorian calendar — would be required to have received full immunization against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.