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Please note that last night 11/10/17 Saudi changed their visa fees for those who have been for Umrah already in the previous Hijri 1438 year. If you have been for Umrah between October 2016 to July 2017 you will now have to pay 2,000SAR per person extra.
The visa for 2017/2018 is open now.
This means that everyone who wants to go for Umrah from now until Ramadan 2018 can go once per year without paying any extra fees. Just the cost of the Umrah fees which is £80 per person if you use Prince Visa UK and quote “MuslimTravelGirl”. Regular price is £100 but our readers receive 20% discount.
For those who want to go more than once per year know that there is a £500 extra fee imposed by the Saudi government. So make sure you know this if you are applying.
For example, this will apply to someone who goes for Umrah now and then goes in Ramadan 2018. Then they will have to pay the fee.
Note that you only can issue an Umrah visa through an accredited agent.
Sadly, I can see this having many consequences for Muslims who want to go for Umrah.
Can you get a visa on your own?
The answer is yes, you can issue your own visa via an accredited agent. I know many of you have a problem finding agents since they are not happy to just issue you a visa. They don’t make much money out of it.
My advice for this will be to actually ask if they will be happy to book you the visa and the flights and you find your own hotel. This way they get something out of it.
Hotels can make you great savings and thus where the majority of money is. So I suggest you try this route. If it works you might want to check out my DIY Umrah Course on the right side which helps you save money on hotels in Makkah.
Personally, I feel that going for Umrah is a blessing and I make dua we can afford it every year. With my DIY Umrah tips and course, you can still make your Umrah for almost free and nothing stops you from going every year even with the extra Umrah visa cost.