With the increasing number of Muslim pilgrims, the number of Umrah service providers has also increased. These providers also have expanded options for pilgrims and they can now take advantage of the package they want as per their requirement and status. There are some providers that offer low-cost Umrah packages.
Now let us discuss some of the important things that pilgrims should keep in mind before and during their Umrah.
- The applicants who have booked their Umrah package from an unapproved or unauthorized travel agent can face immediate deportation from Saudi Arabia, large fines and penalties, detention, and a lifetime ban on a trip to Saudi Arabia. Only approved travel agencies can apply for Saudi Arabia Umrah visa from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and visa applications made by the pilgrims will also be rejected by the authorities.
- Make lodging and transportation arrangements in advance to Saudi Arabia otherwise you may have difficulties with the Saudi immigration authorities at airports, and it will result in unwanted delays. Also, finding a good accommodation facility and transportation at that moment can be very frightening, and it will cost you more than the advance booking. If you have purchased an Umrah package then all these facilities will be included in your package.
- In case of loss of passport in Saudi Arabia, worshipers are asked to report the loss to the travel agents and the local police immediately. Applicants can also contact their Consulate General in Jeddah for assistance in obtaining a passport replacement. Pilgrims performing their Hajj or Umrah without any visa are liable for punishment, as the Saudi government has enforced strict penalties regarding the same.