According to a media report, bookings for doing Umrah or small pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan are no longer available after 13 days of the month.
During Ramadan, which is often the busiest season for lesser pilgrimage to the Great Mosque in Mecca, a large number of people have booked reservations for Umrah through the app Nusuk, according to Saudi Okaz.
13 days of the month, including the last 10 days of Ramadan, are already fully booked, according to a breakdown of reservations made through the app to date.
The demand for Umrah has been high on six other days of the month, according to the survey.
Saudi Arabia has announced that Muslims from inside and outside the country can seek Umrah licences via Nusuk during Ramadan, which begins the following week.
Muslims who want to do Umrah or visit the holy sites in the kingdom can use the nusuk.sa platform to get the necessary visas and permits, as well as book related packages.
In the past few months, Saudi Arabia has opened a lot of new facilities for Muslims who want to come to the country to do Umrah.
Muslims with different kinds of entry visas, like personal, visit, and tourism visas, can do Umrah and visit Al Rawda Al Sharifa, where the Prophet Mohammad’s (peace be upon him) tomb is located in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
The Saudi government also changed the Umrah visa from 30 days to 90 days and let people with it enter and leave the country through any land, air, or sea port.
Saudis can apply for visas to let their friends from other countries come to the kingdom and do Umrah.
Saudi Arabia has also given out a stopover transit visa that lets the holder do Umrah, visit the Prophet’s Mosque, and go to different events all over the kingdom.
The visa for four days is good for 90 days.
Last week, the kingdom said that GCC residents can apply for a tourist visa to perform Umrah, no matter what they do for a living.
Every year, millions of Muslims who can’t physically or financially do the Hajj rituals go to Saudi Arabia for Umrah.