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Countries that are eligible for Saudi Tourism Visa
Important notice for visitors traveling to Saudi Arabia on a Tourism Visa.
Saudi is open to international visitors. Please review the following requirements carefully to ensure that you have a seamless journey and a pleasant arrival in Saudi.
All travelers must:
Have a valid tourism visa obtained before arrival. Visa on arrival remains suspended for health and safety reasons
Provide a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure
Have COVID 19 insurance. This insurance is included in all new tourism visa issues. If you are entering on a previously issued tourism visa, you will need to pay an additional fee of SAR 40 at the airport on arrival to cover insurance for any COVID-19 related medical expenses
Download and register the Tawakkalna application before arriving at the point of departure. To use Tawakkalna in Saudi you will need phone and data services on your cellphone
If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO and Saudi Arabia
There are no quarantine requirements for fully immunized travelers meeting the below criteria
All visitors arriving in the country with a valid tourism visa must provide evidence of a full course of the vaccines currently recognized:
2 doses of : Pfizer BioNTech or Comirnaty
2 doses of : Oxford AstraZeneca, Covishield, SK Bioscience or Vaxzevria
2 doses of : Moderna or Spikevax
1 dose of Johnson & Johnson
Travelers who have completed two doses of the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines will be accepted on the condition that they have received an additional dose of one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom mentioned in the above paragraph
Vaccine certificates issued by official health authorities from the country that provided the vaccination for incoming travelers must be provided. The final dose (the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or the first dose of a single dose vaccine) should be received no less than 14 days before traveling to Saudi. Travelers should carry either their vaccine certificates or proof of vaccination status via applications recognized in Saudi Arabia
If you are fully immunized against COVID-19 with vaccines approved by the WHO but not recognized in Saudi Arabia OR you have received the first dose only of any of the vaccines recognized in Saudi
Travelers who do not hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of institutional quarantine in a designated hotel. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival
Travelers are advised to book the quarantine package through the airline on which they are arriving
Travelers who hold Saudi citizenship or residency must undertake a five day period of home quarantine. Quarantine will be lifted upon a negative PCR result on the fifth day after arrival
You should register your vaccine status at https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home before arrival and after obtaining your tourism visa. The site is available in Arabic and English
For your convenience, you should check the current entry requirements with your chosen airline before purchasing a ticket
For further information please contact us
We look forward to welcoming you to Saudi soon.
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Do we provide religious guidance during Hajj?
Indeed. No matter which package do you choose, a religious guide will be accompanying you who is well experienced in performing the Hajj. In addition, there will be an Imaam to deliver specific, topic-based lectures
How is the Hajj performed?
There are three ways of performing the Hajj
• Hajj al-Tamattu'
• Hajj al-Ifrad
• Hajj al-Qiran
What type of Hajj we shall be performing with you?
Hajj al-Tamattu'. It involves performing Umrah and then Hajj, with one Ihram for each. This form of Hajj is considered the best of three forms of Hajj. It is the one that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ urged his followers to.
perform and is the one adopted by most pilgrims from overseas.
What type of Hajj will we be performing with you?
Hajj al-Tamattu'. It involves performing Umrah and then Hajj, with one Ihram for each. This form of Hajj is considered the best of three forms of Hajj. It is the one that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ urged his followers to perform and is the one adopted by most pilgrims from overseas.
What are the stages of Hajj Al Tamattu?
The following are the stages and rituals that should be performed for the satisfactory completion of Hajj al-Tamattu':
• Performing the Welcome Tawaf and Sa'y
• Ihram for Hajj al-Tamattu'
• Ihram for Hajj al-Tamattu'
• Going to Arafat from Mina
• Going to Muzdalifah from Arafat
• Proceeding to Mina from Muzdalifah
• Tawaf al-Ifadha in the Holy City of Makkah
• Departing for home
• Returning to Mina from Makkah
• Farewell Tawaf in the Holy City of Makkah
How can I offer Qurbani (sacrifice)?
Qurbani is included in some of our Hajj packages. A Qurbani will be carried out on your behalf on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah.
Where will our luggage be kept during Hajj days?
The luggage will remain safe in your apartments in Azizyah or in your hotel in Makkah.
Will I have to pay for food or meals?
This differs by the type of package you have booked.
Will there be laundry service?
This can be done through services provided by the hotel, although there are other laundrettes around the local areas that also offer the service often at a cheaper rate.
How much money should I take with me?
Please carry sufficient money for any food item, laundry bills, shopping, and souvenirs. A couple of hundred pounds are recommended, although obviously the budget would vary from person to person. Please avoid carrying traveller's cheque, as there will be times when you will not be carrying your passport with you. Taking cash is a better idea.
What is the exchange rate?
The exchange rate will vary from time to time. As a rough guide, it is approx 4 Riyals to 1 British Pound. Money changing is not difficult as there are many exchange counters around the local areas in Makkah and Madinah.
What is the cost of the average meal?
In the 4-5 star hotels, it is approximately £30 (155 SAR) per meal. Other restaurant prices are around £10 (45 SAR).
Can I take some Zam Zam water back to UK with me?
Even though this is a normal practice and should always remain, there are certain times the Authorities and Airlines do not allow this, announcements are made prior to this. Discuss with us whilst we are out there and we will be more than willing to assist you through the process. Join our subscribers list and stay updated with the latest trends.
What if I get ill during my stay?
First aid will be available with us. We will also have a Qualified Doctor from the United Kingdom on board for all our Hajj Packages. However, we recommend all our customers to take travel insurance. Needless to say, you must also carry some essential drugs with you.
What if I cancel after booking?
Ministry of Hajj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, requires full payment prior to the visa authorization application. Therefore, no refund relating to the ground arrangements is feasible. As regards the travel, it would depend on the ticket type and the airline rules. There will be no cancellation charges for the ticket if the ticket is not already issued. please refer to our cancellation policy for more details.