The new Saudi evisa is brilliant news for residents of Western countries: now you can apply to go to Umrah yourself regardless of gender, all done at https://visa.visitsaudi.com for a total cost of 463 Riyals (approx £100) which allows you multiple entries over one year alhamdulillaah.
You can now travel alone without a group, and now don’t need to involve a specialist visa-agent either for the more expensive “traditional” visa which will remain for non-Western countries, or to pay repeat Umrah visa fees. However the evisa is not valid for Hajj.
Although this is not good news for the residents of Muslim countries as they continue to get priced out of Hajj and Umrah, the Saudis are banking on increasing revenue from Muslims in the West by allowing more of them to travel without the usual bureacratic delays associated with Saudi visas. Also the cost of Umrah groups and more educational-based programs with a scholar will now be reduced which is fantastic news for everyone!
Our own November Tarbiyyah Program with Shaykh AE is sold out but our logistics partner DST are trying to apply for an increased allocation over the next 1-2 weeks. If successful we will tell you here!