Although Saudi Arabia never allowed much tourism, it has launched tourist e-visas for passport holders from 49 countries.
These countries include the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal, and many more from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania. If you hold citizenship for any country on the list, you can apply for an e-visa via the Saudi e-visa portal.
Since the launch of this visa, Muslims around the globe have been curious to know if Hajj/Umrah can be performed on this visa. According to the rules of the Saudi government, Hajj is only allowed on a specific Hajj visa.
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Hajj requires many arrangements, including stays at Makkah, Medina, Arafat, Mina, and Muzdalifah. Since Hajjis must make many arrangements beforehand, performing Hajj on a tourist visa is impossible.
Due to the COVID-19 precautions enforced in Saudi Arabia, only those Muslims who are immunized against the virus by taking two doses of the coronavirus vaccine or completing 14 days after taking the first dose or recovering after infection of coronavirus are entitled to obtain an Umrah permit now.
However, the ministry has clarified that all Muslims coming to the Kingdom on a tourist visa can perform Umrah. To perform Umrah on a tourist visa during the pandemic, one must register on the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications.
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You can only register for Umrah on the Eatmarna app after updating your immunization status on the Tawakkalna app.