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Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa for Citizens of Indonesia: Requirements and Process
9 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Last updated: May 2024

Labbayka Allahumma Umrah! Muslims worldwide yearn to utter these words and follow the Prophet’s (PBUH) footsteps by performing Umrah.

We're thrilled to announce that we can now assist you in securing your Umrah Visa, making your spiritual odyssey to Saudi Arabia seamless and hassle-free. Our cutting-edge platform and mobile app are designed for devout travelers to secure their visas effortlessly.

With our meticulously crafted guide, real-time updates, and relentless support, your spiritual journey to the heart of Islam is just a heartbeat away. Read on to discover the streamlined steps for obtaining your Umrah Visa from Indonesia and get ready to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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What is Umrah, and why is it important to Muslims?

The Umrah journey is an Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, similar to Hajj. However, unlike the Hajj, which has specific dates and rituals that must be followed, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year. The process of Umrah involves visiting the Kaaba and performing tawaf and Sa’y between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah.

Umrah is significant in Islam due to its spiritual and religious value. It is considered a way for Muslims to purify their souls and seek forgiveness for their sins. It is also a way to demonstrate devotion to Allah and to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who performed the Umrah four times during his lifetime.

Anyone planning to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Umrah must have a valid Umrah visa.

Umrah Visa: What is it, and why do you need it?

The Umrah visa is a travel document issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), allowing you to enter Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.

Please note: This visa cannot be used to perform Hajj. A separate Hajj Visa is required during this period. The visa also does not allow activities like studying.

Umrah Visa validity

Understanding your visa validity is crucial for a worry-free pilgrimage. Here are the key points you should keep in mind:

Validity duration: The Umrah Visa is valid for 90 days after issued.

Single Entry: This visa grants you a one-time entry into Saudi Arabia.

Make sure to plan your sacred journey within these guidelines.

Introduction of new Umrah Visa rule in 2024

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia has made significant updates to the Umrah Visa rules. Umrah Visas now remain valid for 90 days from the issue date. Previously, the validity of the visa began once you arrived in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Umrah Visas for pilgrims coming from outside the country will now expire on 15 Dhu al-Qa’dah, which corresponds to May 23, 2024, for the current season. The previous expiry date was 29 Dhu al-Qa’dah. This change allows Saudi authorities more time to prepare for the Hajj season, aiming to improve the experience for both Umrah and Hajj pilgrims.

All international pilgrims must leave the country by the new expiry date. There are penalties for overstaying an Umrah Visa, which will be levied on both the pilgrims and the companies that arranged their visas.

Saudi Arabia Umrah visa for Indonesian citizens

Citizens of Indonesia planning to visit Saudi Arabia for Umrah are required to obtain an Umrah visa. The process for obtaining an Umrah visa from Indonesia varies depending on the criteria of the Saudi government that you can meet.

Keep reading to see which visa types you may be eligible to apply for.

Eligibility criteria for obtaining an Umrah visa

Fantastic news, Indonesian pilgrims and explorers! iVisa now empowers you to secure your Tourist and Umrah Visas easily. While electronic visas are off the table, your eligibility for other visa options has never been more streamlined.

  • Tourist Visa through iVisa: Unlock the wonders of Saudi Arabia beyond the sacred walls by applying for your Saudi Tourist Visa with us.

  • Umrah Visa through iVisa: Elevate your spiritual journey with our direct assistance in acquiring your Umrah Visa with our help. No more exhaustive paperwork or long consulate queues; we've simplified everything for you.

  • If you are a GCC resident, you can apply for an Umrah visa online through the Saudi Arabian government or the Umrah Visa package option.

  • Indonesian nationals who are permanent US, UK, or EU residents or hold US, UK, or Schengen visas are eligible for a visa on arrival, or the Umrah visa through the package option, which the Saudi Embassy issues.

  • If you do not meet the above exceptions, you will only be eligible to apply for the Umrah visa through the package option. This can be obtained by booking an Umrah package through one of the approved service providers or visiting one of your local travel agencies approved to book Umrah packages. Your visa will then be processed and issued through the nearest Saudi Arabia Embassy or consulate.

At iVisa, we've taken the complexity out of visa applications, allowing you to concentrate on what truly matters—your spiritual and exploratory endeavors in Saudi Arabia.

Can Indonesians perform Umrah with a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa?

Yes, you can perform Umrah with a Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa. We offer Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa application services for Indonesian citizens.

Why should you apply? The Tourist e-visa offers several advantages compared to an Umrah visa. For example, you can stay longer, and it is a multiple entry visa meaning you could visit the Kingdom to perform Umrah more than once. However, tourist visas are more difficult to obtain, and you have a higher chance of getting a pilgrimage visa when you apply with a licensed travel agency. You can only perform Umrah with a tourist visa and not Hajj.

If you are not a citizen of Indonesia, you can check your eligibility for the Saudi Arabia Tourist or Umrah Visa with our Visa Checker Tool.

Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa from Indonesia application process

Back to how Indonesians can apply for their Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa from Indonesia. Follow these effortless steps to bring you one step closer to your dream of tracing the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH):

  • Step 1: Fill in your details: Kickstart the process by completing our streamlined online application form. Fill in your personal details and double-check them for accuracy—this is the cornerstone of your pilgrimage.

Step 2: Finalize your application and pay the Umrah Visa fees. Conveniently pay using your credit/debit card or opt for PayPal to ensure a secure transaction.

  • Step 3: Gather your required documents and upload them through our user-friendly interface. Hit that "Submit" button and consider your Umrah ambitions almost fulfilled. We'll take it from here and reach out only if we need additional details.

  • Step 3: Register on the Umrah apps. Once you enter the country, you need to download two obligatory apps on your phone: the Tawakkalna app (which works only in Saudi Arabia and will contain all your vaccination records, which you need to display when you enter hotels, restaurants, and the masjids) and the Etmarna app (which allows you to get prayer permits and have them linked to your Tawakalna).

Pretty easy, isn't it? Your spiritual journey to Saudi Arabia awaits—Start your application here!

Embrace this simplified process tailored for devout souls like you. At iVisa, we handle the complexities so you can focus on the spiritual essence of your pilgrimage.

Umrah Visa requirements

Indonesian Umrah pilgrims will need the following documents to apply for their Umrah visa through us:

  • Complete the Umrah visa application form.

  • One recent passport photograph. If you require new photos, use the iVisa passport photo service to get updated passport photos from the comfort of your home.

  • Valid passport with a six-month validity period (from when you submit your application). You’ll need a scan showing passport details as well.

  • Travel itinerary: Details of your flights and accommodation.

  • Health insurance, covering Covid-19 infections as well.

  • Proof of meningitis vaccination, at least ten days before traveling but not older than three years.

  • Additional forms: Some special religious or identity forms may be required depending on your individual circumstances.

Saudi Arabia Umrah Visa Fee

The Umrah visa application cost comprises the government fee of USD $180.00 and the iVisa service fee. Our service fee depends on how quickly you need the documents processed. We offer three options:

  1. Standard processing which takes 8 days and costs USD $256.99

  2. Rush processing which takes 5 days and costs USD $306.99

  3. Super Rush processing which takes 4 days and costs USD $377.99

You can use our exchange rate calculator to work out how much this costs in Indonesian Rupiah:

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Important tips and guidelines for Umrah Visa applicants:

If you're planning to apply for an Umrah visa, there are several essential tips and guidelines you should keep in mind to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process.

These tips include understanding the eligibility requirements for the visa, preparing all necessary documentation in advance, and being aware of any travel restrictions or guidelines related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following these guidelines, you can increase your chances of obtaining an Umrah visa and enjoy a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage experience.

Religious rituals and practices

Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that Muslims can undertake at any time of the year, unlike Hajj, which has specific dates. Umrah is a sacred Muslim journey involving several religious rituals and practices. The following are some significant rituals and practices Muslims perform during Umrah.

  • Ihram: Ihram is a state of purity and devotion that Muslims must enter before starting Umrah. It involves wearing specific garments for men (two white, unstitched sheets) and specific modest clothing for women. Entering into the state of Ihram also involves performing a ritual bath (Ghusl) and reciting a particular intention (Niyyah).

  • Tawaf: Tawaf is a ritual of circling the Kaaba, the holiest site for Muslims, seven times in an anticlockwise direction. It symbolizes the unity of Muslims and their devotion to Allah. Muslims also recite specific supplications and prayers while performing Tawaf.

  • Sa'i: Sa'i is another significant ritual that involves walking back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwa seven times. It commemorates the story of Hagar, the wife of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), who searched for water for her son Ishmael in the barren land of Mecca. This ritual is a reminder of the power of prayer and the mercy of Allah.

  • Shaving or cutting hair: After completing Tawaf and Sa'i, Muslims must shave their heads or cut a small portion of their hair. It is a symbol of humility and submission to Allah.

The importance of Ihram in Umrah cannot be overstated. Ihram is a state of mind that requires Muslims to leave behind their worldly desires and distractions and focus solely on their relationship with Allah.

Cultural tips and recommendations

Those entering Saudi Arabia should keep in mind that the Kingdom is a culturally rich and diverse country, and it's essential for travelers to respect local customs and traditions during their visit. Here are some cultural tips and recommendations for visa holders entering Saudi Arabia:

  • Dress Code: Saudi Arabia has a conservative dress code, and visitors should dress modestly in public places. Women should cover their heads and wear loose-fitting, full-length clothes that cover their arms and legs. Men should wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. Avoid wearing revealing or tight-fitting clothing.

  • Food: Saudi Arabian cuisine is rich in spices and flavors, and visitors should try local delicacies such as shawarma, kabsa, and falafel. However, be aware that pork and alcohol are strictly prohibited in the country.

  • Etiquette: Saudi Arabian culture strongly emphasizes hospitality and respect. Visitors should greet locals with "Assalamu alaikum" (peace be upon you) and respond with "Wa alaikum assalam" (and upon you be peace). It's also important to remove shoes before entering a mosque or someone's home and to avoid showing the soles of your feet.

  • Gender segregation: In Saudi Arabia, there is strict gender segregation in public places. Men and women are usually separated in public transport, restaurants, and other public spaces.

Need more information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer service team, who are available online, or email us at [email protected].

We hope you have a great time in Saudi Arabia!

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://www.saudiembassy.net/visa-types
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