It has become easier for foreign pilgrims to choose Umrah packages through the electronic platform Maqam and complete visa issuance procedures within a short period of time. From anywhere in the world, pilgrims can apply for an Umrah visa quickly.
Through approved Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and platforms, Umrah pilgrims can plan their own itineraries. Visas are valid for 90 days, and pilgrims are free to travel throughout the kingdom.
Through the Maqam platform, pilgrims from all over the world can book Umrah services, obtain visas, and book services electronically within less than 24 hours, by entering the main page and clicking on the approved electronic platforms.
In essence, Maqam is a Global Distribution System (GDS), linking services, rates, and bookings across various industries, such as hotels, airlines, and car rentals. Through the Maqam portal, travel agents and OTAs offer and promote their services to Umrah seekers worldwide.
In order to obtain a visa, pilgrims must visit the Maqam portal and select their preferred travel agency. Sign up on the website of the travel agency of their choice and enter trip details, such as departure date, airport, number of nights in Makkah and Madinah, and first stop from the two options.
A hotel and flight can be booked by selecting one hotel in Makkah and Madinah, the transport package, and the flight ticket and entering personal information. A passport-size photo and a passport valid for six months are required. In order to apply for an Umrah visa, flight ticket, and hotel, the pilgrim must choose a payment method and submit an application. A pilgrim can complete the Umrah visa application on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website after completing the application.
As part of its efforts to facilitate the arrival of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah provides easy electronic procedures to ensure the preservation of their rights and the provision of high-quality services.
As part of the Maqam platform, pilgrims are connected with local agents in their country to issue the Umrah visa, which has a validity of 90 days and allows them to travel freely throughout Saudi Arabia to experience its cultural diversity.
As part of the agent icon on the portal, you can select the travel path between Makkah, Jeddah, and Madinah, book airline tickets, book internal transportation services in the Kingdom, and apply for a visa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Upon completion of the reservation through the authorized agent, the pilgrim receives a reference number that is used to complete the payment process online and via credit cards (VISA), so that the visa can be issued through the unified national visa platform within 24 hours.