Most international pilgrims travelling for Umrah will need to obtain a visa. Find out more below.
How to get to Umrah
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. For more information on Hajj flights click here.
The Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina is used for international flights (both Hajj and Umrah) as well as domestic flights.
How can Hajj affect my Umrah at that time of the year?
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. This year the Hajj travel season starts from July and ends on the 20th September were visas can be acquired for Umrah thereafter.