FIFA World Cup 2022 ticket holders would be qualified for a free visa to do Umrah, according to a Saudi Arabia release. According to the authorities, the state will pay for all expenses associated with obtaining an electronic visa for Hayya cardholders.
Benefit for the FIFA WC ticket holders
However, according to the Saudi Gazette, which quoted Khaled Al-Shammari, assistant director-general of the general department of visas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is required to purchase medical insurance through the visa platform. Every attendee attending a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 game must have a Hayya card (fan ID), and a personalized identification card.
Additionally, according to Al-Shammari in an interview with Al-Ekhbariya, this visa will be valid for entry into Saudi Arabia 10 days before the World Cup, which begins on November 11 and ends on December 18, 2022. The holder of the multiple-entry visa may enter and exit Saudi Arabia at any time; they are not required to enter the nation through Qatar.
No Mehram is required for women to perform the Hajj and Umrah
According to Saudi Arabia, women from all over the world can now perform Umrah and Hajj without the need for a Mehram (blood-related) or male guardian. According to Arab News, the announcement ending the Kingdom’s decades-long rule was made by the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, during a news conference.
According to the Hajj Minister, anyone with a valid visa from FIFA WC can undertake the Hajj and Umrah and travel to any city in the nation. He continued, “There is no set quota for Umrah pilgrims. Al-Rabiah claimed that steps are being done to ensure that most Umrah pilgrims possibly arrive.
Without a mahram, women may perform the hajj or Umrah if they are accompanied by “reliable women or secure companionship.” This is the viewpoint of the Maliki and Shafi’i scholars, according to Ahmed Saleh Halabi, advisor for Hajj and Umrah Services.
A woman is permitted to perform the Hajj and Umrah without a Mahram’s companionship, according to a fatwa supervisor at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt named Abbas Shoman, who made this declaration in March, according to Halabi.