Travelling with a family Umrah package from the USA is very simple and straightforward. Pilgrims who wish to offer the holy rituals can either get the professional services of an Umrah travel agent for a smooth and hassle-free pilgrimage experience or arrange for their travel themselves. Either way, financial and physical resources are essential to travel for Umrah.
Know that Umrah travel isn’t obligatory for any believer because it is a sunnah pilgrimage. However, it is advised to perform it because of the higher rewards and exceptional spiritual benefits that Umrah holds for the pilgrims.
So, if you are intending for a minor pilgrimage soon, here’s how to go to Umrah from the USA.
Plan Your Journey:
To get ready for Umrah from the USA, start by picking the right time for the holy rituals that best suit your preferences and budget. Consider things like;
• Your schedule.
• Availability of sufficient holidays and time.
• Weather conditions in Makkah and Madinah.
• How much you are expecting to spend on the journey.
• Type of Umrah travel you want; group or private.
Afterwards, you can look into different Umrah packages offered by various travel agencies that range from 3-star economy to 7-star luxury and then book one. You can also get personalized Umrah travel services with travel and accommodation arrangements of your choice.
Obtain a Valid Passport:
Make sure that you have a valid passport for Umrah travel with a six-month validity at least (after you plan to return from Saudi Arabia). Therefore, if your passport’s validity is not six months beyond your intended return date from the holy journey, consider getting a new one before applying to avoid any inconveniences or visa refusals later.
Apply for an Umrah Visa:
There are different types of visas available for Umrah travel. Such as;
• Umrah visa (issued specifically for the holy rituals of Umrah). This visa has a validity of two weeks maximum and only allows the pilgrims to travel between Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah.
• Umrah permit on visit visa.
• Umrah permit on a family visa.
• Umrah permit on work visa.
So, inquire about your eligibility for different visa types and get facilities of visa on arrival as well as an e-visa from the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to offer the holy rituals.
Book Your Flight:
Find a return flight from the USA with a route preferably to Jeddah or Medina in Saudi Arabia because Makkah doesn’t have an airport. Check out the variety of deals that different airlines have to offer within their distinct travel classes; compare them and book early for the best rates.
The top airlines that fly from the USA include;
• Turkish Airlines.
• British Airways.
• Etihad Airways.
• Qatar Airways.
• Gulf Air.
• Oman Air.
• Kuwait Airways.
Decide where you’ll stay in the region during Umrah. Choose hotels that are within the proximity of Haramain in Makkah and Madinah because it will save you extra travel costs as well as offer ease of access for the holy rituals. Make sure your choice matches your preferences and budget.
Medical Check-Up and Vaccinations:
Before you depart for the holy journey, make an appointment with your doctor and get a comprehensive medical check-up especially if you are;
• Suffering from a chronic disease.
• On a specific medical treatment.
It will help you better know your health limits as well as precautions to take in the foreign land to ensure a safe and healthy pilgrimage experience.
In addition, get all the necessary vaccinations specified for your region of travel. Such as;
• Yellow fever.
• Seasonal influenza.
Pack modest clothes that are in accordance with Saudi Arabian weather and follow their cultural norms. Don’t forget to carry essentials like your;
• Travel documents
• Prayer supplies.
Arrange Local Transportation:
Plan how you’ll get around in Saudi Arabia i.e. in buses, shared taxis or private cars. Check if your Umrah package includes transportation or if you need to organize it yourself and separate a budget for it.
Follow Umrah Rituals:
Learn about the Umrah rituals like;
• Ihram and its prohibitions.
• Tawaf and Sayee rituals.
• Technicalities associated with Halq and Taqsir.
If you feel confused about anything or have any questions, seek advice from religious leaders immediately and clear your concerns. So that you can perform everything correctly once you arrive in Makkah.
So, that’s how to go to Umrah with Ramadan Umrah Packages as well as the rest of the year from the USA.