Can we perform Hajj/Umrah on a Saudi tourist visa?

The government of Saudi Arabia has launched a tourist visa for the citizens of 49 nationalities who can apply for it online and get it within a few minutes. People want to know if they can perform Hajj or Umrah if they apply for the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.  Recommended: How to apply for a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia?

Can we perform Hajj on a Saudi tourist visa?

As we know that every Muslim who has physical and financial resources is obligated to perform Hajj, people want to know if it can be performed on a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.

Well, you cannot perform Hajj if you are coming to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa as it requires a different visa and plenty of arrangements. When you hire an agent back in your country to get a Hajj visa, he makes all the arrangements for your stay in Makkah, Madina, Arafat, Mina, and Muzdalfah.

As the Hajj requires so many arrangements, it is not allowed by the government for tourists to perform Hajj on a tourist visa.

Can we enter Makkah and Madina on a tourist visa?

Every Muslim coming to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa is allowed to enter Makkah and Madina. However, a Non-Muslim is not allowed to enter the two holy cities of Makkah and Madina, no matter if he is a citizen, resident or tourist in Saudi Arabia. Recommended: Why Non-Muslims cannot enter Makkah and Madina?

 Can we perform Umrah on a Saudi tourist visa?

I think it is the wish of every Muslim to visit the Holy Kaaba and perform Umrah over and again. Every Muslim coming to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa must be wanting to perform Umrah and therefore, the government has allowed it.

Yes, you can perform Umrah on a Saudi Tourist Visa without taking any special permit or pass. You can just enter Makkah like any other citizen or resident of Saudi Arabia and directly go to the Holy Kaaba to perform it. In addition to that, tourists can also visit some historical and magnificent places in Saudi Arabia which are worth visiting.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.