The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has introduced a new process for foreign residents to obtain a family visit visa, which allows them to take part in the sacred Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that a family visit visa can only be acquired relative residing within the Kingdom, which can either be a Saudi citizen of resident expatriate.
“Only a legal Saudi resident or citizen can apply for a family visit visa on behalf of the visitor.” said the Ministry on X, formerly known as Twitter. It added that you can apply for the family visit visa through the unified national platform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Visa.Mofa.gov.sa.
Prior to visiting the Grand Mosque to perform Umrah, all visa holders are advised to ensure that they have scheduled an Umrah appointment via the Nusuk or Tawakkalna applications.
It must be noted that Muslims holding various entry visas, including personal, visitor, and tourist visas, are permitted to perform Umrah and visit Al Rawda Al Sharifa, the site of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) tomb within the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
However, they are required to make an e-appointment prior to their visit.
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