Hajj and Umrah 2022 Guidelines
As we all Know, Hajj and Umrah are Islamic Pilgrimages, But both have different significance in terms of importance and method of practice. Unless Umrah, every Muslim must perform Hajj once in a lifetime provided with the physical and financial capabilities. Although both have similar rites, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year and takes only a few hours to complete, but Hajj is performed during the specific Islamic month and takes more time to complete the observance.
Timings to Visit Hajj & Umrah
Hajj is a religious pilgrimage to Mecca that is performed annually. This year it will begin on Thursday 7th July 2022 and end on Tuesday, 12 July 2022. Whereas Umrah Pilgrimage can be performed at any time of the year.
Flights and Hotels
All travellers from the United States and Canada are Strictly advised to book tickets only from licensed travel agencies. They will provide you with a wide range of flight and hotels options. You can also book the complete hajj and Umrah packages, including your flight, Hotel, travelling between the cities, and managing your visa requirements as per the Saudi government.
Visa Requirements to Travel Saudi Arabia
To enter Saudi Arabia and perform hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, you must have a pilgrimage visa. These visas are only valid for travelling between Jeddah, Mecca, and Medina cities. Travelling outside these areas and overstaying your visa may lead to penalties of thousands of dollars and even detention or a ban on returning to Saudi Arabia in the future. Pilgrims travelling from USA or Canada must purchase a Umrah or Hajj package only from licensed travel agencies. Non-Muslims are not allowed to travel to the sacred holy city of Mecca and some parts of Medina. If you are not sure about the restrictions or visa expiration date as all the official functions are based on Hijri Calendar, you just need to clarify all this upon arrival. Licensed Travel Agencies can provide you with the latest updates on the Saudi government revised requirements.
Covid Vaccination Requirement for Hajj and Umrah 2022
Before Visiting Hajj and Umrah in 2022, travellers need to check the guidelines issued by the Saudi Government Here are the latest updates from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health. All the pilgrims needed to be fully vaccinated. Pfizer-BioNTech, Covishield, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Jansen, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria, and Sputnik are the vaccines approved by the Saudi Health Ministry. Pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia who are vaccinated and their vaccine is not in the above-approved list but approved by the WHO (World Health Organisation) are required to quarantine upon arrival.