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    Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

    Assalam-o-Alaikum

    I am living in Vienna , Austria and I want to perform Umrah while I am going back to Pakistan for holidays.
    I am informed that Saudi Embassy does not issue Umrah visa and I have to buy the whole package (including hotel, transfer, visa )from authorized agent. Here we have only one agent which has some bad reputation for mis commitments. So my question is


    1) Is there any possibility to get only Umrah visa , without buying the whole package, and what are the starting dates of umrah visa issuance in this year?

    2) Is there any possibility to get Umrah visa from an authorized agent based on other country rather than country of stay?

    3) One possibility is that I can get Transit Visa from Saudi Embassy, Is this possible to perform Umrah while one has transit visa?

    4) Some friends told me that one can easily go to makkah while having transit visa for Jeddah airport , but I donot want to break any rules and regulations, Can I easily travel from jeddah to makkah and then madina while i am on transit visa?

    Best Regards,

    Ali

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    I know that people do often travel to Pakistan from the UK via Umrah so it must be possible but do contact your local Saudi Embassy

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      #3
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      I contacted local Saudi embassy , but they told me they do not issue Umrah visa , I have to get Umrah visa from agent, only possibility is that Saudi Embassy can give me transit visa. So my question is that if I get transit visa from Saudi Embassy for Jeddah airport can I go freely to Makkah and then Madinah. Since I have to surrender my passport to immigration authority at Jeddah, will it be a problem to travel between Jeddah to Makkah and then to Madina. Since I donot want to break any law or regulations of Saudia Arabia.
      Is there anyone who has such personal experience?

      Regards,
      Ali

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        #4
        Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

        InshaAllah I will answer your question soon

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          #5
          Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

          Brother you have just two choice available.

          1. Wait until the umra system is open. It can open in the next ten days InshaAllah.

          Get the package from the licensed agent in your country. Again, you have no choice if he is the only one licensed agent in your country no matter what his reputation.

          You may be able to obtain a package or even just a visa only from neighbouring country based licensed agent if they are agreeable. This is not allowed from UK.

          2. Entering Saudi Arabia on a transit visa to perform umra is legal and you will not be breaching any laws. However, the period allowed is 72 hours within which to go and come back to Jedda. You will not be able nor permitted to travel to Madina.

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            Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

            Thanks alot brother Ismail for your cooperation and such an informative messages.

            I have heard there are some agents/companies on Jeddah airport which plan an umrah trip for the passengers on tranist. Is there any such opportunity to get permission for umrah (including travelling to Madina) from authorities at Jeddah airport while on transit visa of 72 hours? Because I was informed that usually immigration department takes the passport and issue a card instead of passport for transit passengers.

            If I go by transit visa , Can I book hotel and transport online? Should I reserve this before flight or I should go there and then look for options there?

            Once again thank you very much for your guidance.

            Best Regards,

            Ali

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              Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

              Originally posted by intizarali View Post
              Thanks alot brother Ismail for your cooperation and such an informative messages.

              I have heard there are some agents/companies on Jeddah airport which plan an umrah trip for the passengers on tranist. Is there any such opportunity to get permission for umrah (including travelling to Madina) from authorities at Jeddah airport while on transit visa of 72 hours? Because I was informed that usually immigration department takes the passport and issue a card instead of passport for transit passengers.

              If I go by transit visa , Can I book hotel and transport online? Should I reserve this before flight or I should go there and then look for options there?

              Once again thank you very much for your guidance.

              Best Regards,

              Ali
              Transit passengers are not required to have pre-booked packages or transportation.

              If you obtain the transit visa from your local embassy than it may be worthwhile to book your hotel on-line. However, unless you arrive on Wednesday night or Thursday or Friday, you should not have difficulty in getting a room in the hotels located in Misfilla area or along Ajyad as Sud street.

              Transport is no problem at all as long as you don't accept the offers for taxi as you leave the arrival lounge into the terminal area.

              Just go right outside the terminal to the waiting rows of "Jedda Taxi"s. These are all white cars ranging from Toyotas to American sedans.

              There is fixed rate for these cars and usually it is around Saudi Riyals 140 to 160 per car (not per person). If you are travelling on your own then you can choose to share the car with another person or tell the driver that you will take the whole car for yourself.

              The immigration authority will NOT keep your passport if you land there with a transit visa already stamped in your passport. They may do so if they issue you the visa.

              Your passport will be kept by the taxi driver until he drops you in Makkah. The hotelier will keep it for 24 hours and return it back to you.

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                Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

                Thank you very much brother Ismail for your guidance, you are really providing a great help to ummah on this ummah.net forum. Jazak Allah

                I have reserved my flights with a stop over of 3 days (66 hours) in Jeddah. While searching on internet I get some information that "Transit passengers who stay in the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Port or Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina for over 24 hours can perform Ummra or visit a Holy Mosque, provided they withhold a signed agreement with one of the appointed Ummra agencies."

                Can you please guide me about this signed agreement? Should I have to go again to the same only agent in my country and again bargain with him on this issue?

                Does Saudi embassy mention the name of cities on transit visa? If yes, So that I could request saudi embassy to add the names of more cities like Makkah and Madinah as well with Jeddah.

                Does any body have recent experience to visit Saudi Arabia Transit Visa?

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                  This is where the difference is between those who obtain a transit visa before arriving in Jeddah and those who arrive in Jedda on a stopover basis and for reasons beyond their control are compelled to stopover for longer than 24 hours.

                  If you get your visa from Vienna then you need no assistance from these Jedda based agents especially if you have pre-booked your hotel already. I can give you contact numbers of good umra agents in Jeddah/Makkah who can fix your room for you if you wish.

                  If you arrive without a visa then the immigration authority will make you book with the airport based agents. Two years ago they used to charge US$100 just for a night in Makkah.

                  Your transit visa will not allow you endorsement to go to Madina simply because of lack of time. So forget Madina for a later visit when you perform umrah or haj InshaAllah.

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                    Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

                    Once again thank you very much for guidance. I have transit visa from local Saudi embassy for 3 days. So I will arrive Jeddah with Visa already stamped on my passport. It would be so kind of you if you give me contact numbers of some good umrah agents in Jeddah/Makkah to reserve hotel and transfer. if possible give me some web addresses of such website where I can reserve hotel/transfer myself.

                    Thanks in anticipation.

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                      Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

                      Originally posted by intizarali View Post
                      Once again thank you very much for guidance. I have transit visa from local Saudi embassy for 3 days. So I will arrive Jeddah with Visa already stamped on my passport. It would be so kind of you if you give me contact numbers of some good umrah agents in Jeddah/Makkah to reserve hotel and transfer. if possible give me some web addresses of such website where I can reserve hotel/transfer myself.

                      Thanks in anticipation.
                      Umrah contractors, many of them, that I know will not deal with individuals. They just don't have the resources for that.

                      However, there are agents over there and I will give you phone numbers of two of them.

                      The first one is a large agency and it is best you speak with their CEO and refer to me. His name is Mohammad Hulle Mama. Tala International, Makkah.
                      00966 5055 75987

                      The second one is a freelance whose main occupation is teaching Qur'an in the Haram in Makkah. He is a Pakistani expatriate and the name is
                      Abdullah.. 00966 566660492 or 507522334.

                      They will, InshaAllah, help secure your room for you. Abdullah might even organise a pick up for you from Jedda but I would advise that you organise that yourself because it is cheaper.

                      Don't agree to go with those who hover around you inside the terminal as you exit the arrival lounge into the foyer. No matter what, don't go with them.

                      Just go right outside the terminal to the waiting rows of "Jedda Taxi" white colour and negotiate the small car at around SR140 ish with the car all to yourself unless you want to share with another brother you may strike aquaintance with on board the flight.

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                        Salam Brother,

                        i wondered if you could help. I am travelling to kuwait in the next few days and on my return back to the UK i was hoping to stop over in jeddah on a transit visa to do umrah. I was initially advised by the UK based saudi embassy that this was possible but they required me to book my tickets before they would issue the visa. Unfortunately, having spent money on tickets, the saudi embassy in london has now stated that they do not issue transit visas. I am now stuck with 3 days in jeddah before my onward journey back to the UK. I havent got a transit visa and it is now too late for me to apply for an umrah visa. Does anyone know whether i can obtain the transit visa in jeddah airport directly when i land? and if so can i do umrah on this basis? if not does anyone know what other options i have?

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                          Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

                          Originally posted by intizarali View Post
                          Once again thank you very much for guidance. I have transit visa from local Saudi embassy for 3 days. So I will arrive Jeddah with Visa already stamped on my passport. It would be so kind of you if you give me contact numbers of some good umrah agents in Jeddah/Makkah to reserve hotel and transfer. if possible give me some web addresses of such website where I can reserve hotel/transfer myself.

                          Thanks in anticipation.
                          Dear Intizar ali, Salam,

                          I want to ask you about the procedure of having a transit visa from the SA embassy in vienna. I am going to Pakistan and on my way I want to perform UMRA with my family. But that Travel agent is asking me alot of euros.
                          I am thinking about having a trasit visa for 48 h and only perform umra if possible.

                          Tahseen Razzaq

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                            Originally posted by Elimam View Post
                            Salam Brother,

                            i wondered if you could help. I am travelling to kuwait in the next few days and on my return back to the UK i was hoping to stop over in jeddah on a transit visa to do umrah. I was initially advised by the UK based saudi embassy that this was possible but they required me to book my tickets before they would issue the visa. Unfortunately, having spent money on tickets, the saudi embassy in london has now stated that they do not issue transit visas. I am now stuck with 3 days in jeddah before my onward journey back to the UK. I havent got a transit visa and it is now too late for me to apply for an umrah visa. Does anyone know whether i can obtain the transit visa in jeddah airport directly when i land? and if so can i do umrah on this basis? if not does anyone know what other options i have?
                            InshaAllah, if you speak to the supervisor in the immigration section you will have the transit visa. You may be asked to deposit around US$100 each to a nominated umra agent based at the airport.

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                              Re: Performing Umrah on Transit Visa

                              Originally posted by Ismail Simjee View Post
                              InshaAllah, if you speak to the supervisor in the immigration section you will have the transit visa. You may be asked to deposit around US$100 each to a nominated umra agent based at the airport.
                              Dear Ismail Simjee /and others,
                              Assalamu aalaikum

                              all ur posts really helpful for ummah. i am new here and got this nice forum after searching net for my need. I am currently in Netherlands from Bangladesh for my MSc degree. After the end of my diploma this month I planned to perform umra during my departure and already my ticket is confirmed. My plan is to reach jeddah on 29th , issue a transit visa from there, perform umra and move to madina the same day. after performing ziarah of SWS and Juma prayer next day i will fly to my country from Madina. I contacted local Saudi Embassy here to get either transit or Umra visa but they replied they dont issue this type of visa from here.

                              Is my plan issueing transit visa from airport and perform whole procedure like aforementioned OK ? I am little bit worried if any problem will occur in the airport. pls assured me showing the way to manage my plan. this is very urgent for me..

                              jajakallah..

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