The Saudi minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr Mohammad Salih Bentin, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing a royal decree cancelling repeat Umrah fees.
Bentin said: “The royal decree is part of the leadership’s keenness to facilitate the arrival of Muslims from all over the world to perform Hajj and Umrah.”
He added that the decree reflects the Kingdom’s readiness to receive the increasing number of pilgrims due to huge infrastructure projects and the development of services in Makkah, Madinah and the holy places.
Bentin said the decree supports efforts to achieve one of the most important objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plan, which is to receive 30 million Umrah pilgrims by that year and to provide them with great services so they can perform their rituals in comfort and tranquillity.
You can find many agents especially in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada that will issue you with an Umrah visa. And then you can plan Umrah on your own as you would with any other holiday.
In 2019 Saudi Arabia plans to unveil direct tourist visas which can be used in conjunction with Umrah visas and then you can visit other parts of Saudi Arabia as well.