If you're travelling for Umrah anytime this year, Alternative Airlines will give you the best choice of airlines and routes, regardless of where in the world you are flying from.
The Umrah pilgrimage is a non-mandatory pilgrimage made by Muslims to Mecca which is performed at any time of the year except the Hajj season.
There are many series of ritual acts performed symbolic to the lives of Prophet Abraham and his wife which can be completed in a matter of hours. Umrah holds a huge reward and value in Islam. It is an act of spiritual purity for the Muslims who want to perform it to earn the pleasure of God.
During Umrah, pilgrims adorn a unified and simple form of garment consisting of two white sheets called the ihram.
Many Muslims on Umrah visit the city of Medina to see Prophet Muhammad's mosque 'Al-Masjid An-Nabawi' and the tomb where he rests.
Most international pilgrims travelling for Umrah will need to obtain a visa. Find out more below.
Most pilgrims fly to the closest airport to Mecca which is the King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah. However, some pilgrims may first want to fly to the city of Medina, Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED). Many airlines operate additional services to Jeddah and Medina.
King Abdulaziz International Airport in total has three terminals. The North Terminal is used for international flights and Umrah flights, the South Terminal is used for domestic flights, and the Hajj Terminal is used exclusively for Hajj. Discover more if you'd like more information on Hajj flights.
The Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina is used for international flights (both Hajj and Umrah) as well as domestic flights.
Hajj does have an effect on Umrah as you can't travel or get a visa from the Saudi embassy for Umrah in the Hajj season.
Below is a table of airlines that fly to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah
|Afriqiyah Airways||Aegean Airlines||Air India||Air Arabia|
|Atlasglobal||Biman Bangladesh Airlines||British Airways||Citilink|
|Garuda Indonesia||Jazeera Airways||Jet2.com||Jubba Airways|
|Kenya Airways am Air||Kuwait Airways||Lion Air||Lufthansa|
|Malaysia Airlines||Nile Air||Oman Air||Qatar Airways|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Royal Brunei Airlines||Royal Air Maroc||Royal Jordainian Air|
|Thai Airways International||Turkish Airlines||Uzbekistan Airways||Yemenia|
Below is a table of airlines that fly to Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Medina
|Flydubai||Flynas||Garuda Indonesia||Gulf Air|
|Kuwait Airways||Lion Air||Malaysia Airlines||Oman Air|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Royal Air Maroc||Royal Jordainian Air||SalamAir|
|Saudi Gulf Airlines||Turkish Airlines|
Visas are free for those travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. Visas are given out throughout the year. To apply for a visa you must fill out an application form. Application forms are available to collect from your nearest Saudi embassy or consulate.
Please check out our travel documents page to find out more about the powers of different types of travel documents, and find out whether you are required to have a passport to fly. Also, check out Gov.uk and US Department of States for travel advice on pilgrims travelling Umrah.
For any further information, contact your local Saudi embassy or consulate.
The above list is a thorough list of items to take with you on your pilgrimage. Don't feel obligated to follow everything on this list, but through preference select those items that you feel are necessary. You can choose to also travel light and then buy many of these items from local shops in Mecca and Medina.