[UPDATED 17th March 2022]
On 5th March 2022, Saudi Arabia has further relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions! Apart from quarantine-free travel from Singapore to Saudi Arabia, they have also discontinued the need for fully vaccinated travellers to take a pre-departure PCR or antigen test on arrival. Face masks are also not required in outdoor places, and social-distancing measures have been relaxed. If you're planning to perform Umrah after the VTL is launched, here's a guide for you and a list of travel agents that can help your journey to the holy land ☺️
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Things To Know To Perform Umrah & Hajj Under VTL
1. Must be fully vaccinated & notarise vaccination certificate
Needless to say, Covid-19 vaccination is a must for anyone who wishes to travel under VTL. Only fully vaccinated pilgrims are allowed to visit Masjidil Haram and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. Pilgrims must receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, spent 14 days after the first dose or had recovered from any infections.
The Saudi Arabia government only allow congregations where pilgrims have been administered COVID-19 vaccines approved and certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These COVID-19 vaccines include Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac and all of these vaccines are currently being used in Saudi Arabia. For those who are vaccinated with Sinovac, you need to have 3 doses completed instead of 2.
Your vaccination certificate should also be notarised. Get your vaccination certificate here at Notarise and print a hard copy of the QR Code and certificate!
2. PCR tests not required
As mentioned earlier, you'll no longer need to take a PCR test if you're travelling to Saudi Arabia. Wearing masks is also not required when you're outdoors, however, you must wear one if you're in enclosed places.
3. Register via mobile app
The next umrah requirement requires pilgrims to register for an Umrah e-visa through the Eatamarna (available on iOS and Android) and Tawakkalna (available on iOS and Android) mobile apps. Both applications are available for Umrah organisers based in countries where congregations are allowed by the Saudi Arabia government. Congregations who wish to perform prayers or visit the mosque must register through the applications as well.
4. Complete travel vaccine registration
All visitors travelling to Saudi Arabia are required to complete the travel vaccine registration prior to departure. Foreign visitors need to fill in the online form through this website.
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5. Get Covid-19 travel insurance
To keep you safe, you'll have to buy a Covid-19 travel insurance plan before you make the trip and this can be done via the travel agent that you're planning to perform Umrah with! Some may have insurance included and some may not so do choose your agents accordingly. You can also buy your own travel insurance if you wish to do so.
6. List of travel agents
You should perform your Umrah with travel agents as you need to get your visa via them to enter Saudi Arabia. There are a few travel agencies that are currently bringing pilgrims to the holy land so here's a list of travel agents in Singapore that provide Umrah packages for pilgrims!
A. Hahnemann Travel & Tours
From $3600 per person, Hahnemann Travel & Tours provides an Umrah package where meals, visa, transportation, tours in Saudi Arabia are included! However, do note their packages do not provide travel insurance. If you're looking for one, MSIG's TravelEasy offers comprehensive coverage of over 50 benefits, including Covid-19 protection. Check out for more information by clicking on this link.
B. Shahidah Travel
Shahidah Travel offers Umrah packages priced from $4500, which provides Umrah visas, travel insurance whilst you're in Saudi Arabia, permits to visit Raudhah in Nabawi Mosque and more! Check out their website here to know about the packages they currently have.
C. Halijah Travels
From $3040, Halijah Travels provides Umrah packages for pilgrims where transportation, visa, Umrah essentials, 1kg of kurma and accommodation are included. Do note that travel insurance is also excluded from their package.
D. Jalaluddin Travel & Services
Jalaluddin Travel & Services is offering Umrah packages from $2850 and their packages have Covid-19 travel insurance in Saudi Arabia included! They regularly update their Facebook page with attractive packages, so check it out at this link.
E. Smiling Travel
Smiling Travel offers an Umrah package from $3950 where transportation, accommodation at a 5-star hotel, visa and meals are included. You can contact them through Whatsapp for more info or check their Facebook for current updates about their Umrah packages.
F. Noah Travel & Tours
Noah Travel & Tours currently has a package for Umrah for $2950 per person which includes your Umrah visa, tours and Umrah accessories. However, the package is excluded from travel insurance, and meals. Do check their FB for more info or you can contact them through Whatsapp.
G. TM Fouzy Travel & Tours
This agency is providing Umrah packages from $3790 where meals, transportation, visa and accommodation at a 5 star hotel. You can find more information about the prices and packages that they offer under VTL through Facebook or their website. They also have special early bird discounts you can check out!