The total population of Qatar is 2.7 million out of which around 67% are Muslims which translate into around 1.8 million people. After the Qatar Blockade in 2017 when a group of 5,6 countries terminated all relations with Qatar, there has been a confusion among Muslims on how to apply for the Umrah Visa.
Recently, Saudi Newspapers have published that Qatari Nationals, as well as Muslim expatriates living in Qatar, are allowed to perform Umrah following the procedure described below.
Procedure to Apply for Umrah Visa for Qatari Nationals: Qataris nationals don’t have to apply for a prior visa to come to Saudi Arabia. They can take a flight from Doha to Jeddah and register themselves with Ministry of Hajj and Umrah at King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Which Airline to Book flight with? As we know that after the Qatar blockade, the operations of Qatar Airways in Saudi Arabia have been ceased. In this regard, Qatari Citizens or Muslim expatriates living in Qatar can take a flight of any Airline to come to Saudi Arabia except Qatar Airways.
Procedure to Apply for Umrah Visa for Qatari Expats: Muslim expatriates living in Qatar will have to follow the below-mentioned procedure to apply for the Umrah visa.
Open this link and select the country from where you want to apply for Umrah Visa i.e. Qatar, Arrival Date and Package Duration. After that, you will be required to enter Image Code and search for the Visa Agents. https://eservices.haj.gov.sa/eservices3
In the next page, you will be provided with a list of agents who have been providing services for Umrah visa processing in Qatar. You can check the details of these Umrah visa agents in Qatar and select the one which suits your requirements.
In the next screen, you will be required to enter your email address. You will receive a verification code on your email address which you have to use for the booking.
In the next screen, you will be required to enter all your personal details including your passport number, your full name, date of birth, passport expiry and issuance date and much more information. Make sure you have at least passport copy to fill these details.
In the next screen, you will be provided with all the details you have entered for the confirmation. If you are satisfied with the package and other details, please click on the submit button and the application will be sent to the agent for processing.
The agent will contact you on the phone number provided at the time of filling the form for Umrah.
The above-mentioned procedure has been detailed by the Saudi Newspapers but we haven’t heard any feedback from the people who have applied for it.
I would strongly encourage expatriates living in Qatar to at least apply for it and check if they receive any positive response. It does not require any cost.
If you want to share any other experience with us, please leave a comment below. If you have gone through any other procedure to perform Umrah from Qatar, please let us know. It will help millions of Muslims living in Qatar.