People who hold a tourist visa to visit Saudi Arabia can now perform Umrah during their stay in the country, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Thursday.
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Citizens of 49 countries, who can apply for a tourist visa online, will benefit from the service, the ministry said, noting that those eligible for e-visas can also obtain a tourist visa upon their arrival at airports in the Kingdom.
The ministry also said that holders of US, UK and Schengen visas also qualify to perform Umrah while visiting Saudi Arabia, adding that people who hold family visit visas can also apply to perform Umrah while in the Kingdom by applying through the Eatmarna app.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia removed barriers that were placed around the Kaaba just in time for Umrah season.
The barriers had been placed during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Kingdom’s preventative measures.
Over the years, Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars on making one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings more secure.
An economic reform plan by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to increase Umrah and Hajj capacity to 30 million pilgrims annually and to generate $13.32 billion (50 billion riyals) in revenue by 2030.