If you want to travel to Umrah, the best way to do it is through a travel agency. There are a lot of Muslim travel agencies in Malaysia that can help you find the best tour package.
Most Muslim Travel Agencies will include in their Tour Packages the following services:
- Arrangement for getting the Umrah Visa
- Flight arrangements
- Umrah course and more
Several tour packages are available to choose from. A single package usually starts from RM5,750 to RM22,000 per person, including accommodation at the nearest hotel, which is around 50m – 500m from Makkah and around 50m – 500m from Madinah.
Prices of the tour packages differ depending on the location (distance from Makkah or Madinah) of the hotel. The further the hotel is from the Mosque, the cheaper it is. In fact, you can find tour packages as cheap as RM3,000. On average, a tour to Umrah costs around RM5,500 to RM6,800.
The best thing you can do is to check out different tour packages and compare them to find out the one that suits you. Do this in Malaysia and before buying, you don’t want any surprises in Makkah.
Remember tour packages can be more expensive during peak seasons like Ramadan and school holidays.
How to choose a good travel agency
The first thing to when choosing a good Muslim travel agency is to check if it is affiliated with the Ministry of Hajj of Saudi Kingdom. Why? Because if the travel agency is affiliated, it can easily solve any issue during your trip.
Always check out the reputation and expertise of the travel agency. Do a quick research to find out if the travel agency has any record of misconduct or theft. It is very important to know if they are capable of delivering what they offer.
A good place to start research is taking advice from the people who have already visited the Holy Land. Ask them questions about the travel agency and their experience.
Always find a travel agency which are registered agents appointed by MOTAC and have received Special Umrah License to prevent customers from being deceived by unregistered travel agencies.
Also read the reviews at the travel sites to find out more about the Muslim Tour Packages and the travel agency.
Don’t forget to check out the cancellation policies, in case you might need to cancel the trip.
Other things to consider
To save money, the best thing to do is plan in advance. You should start early at least 6 months in advance. This gives you enough time to look for a good Muslim Travel Agency in Malaysia, check out all the Umrah group packages, and even find out the price of Umrah tickets.
Although you are buying a Muslim Tour Package, you should consider unexpected expenses, such as laundry, tipping, excess luggage, travel insurance and visa application.
One important question to ask the travel agency: How many times can Umrah be performed? This is a very important question, especially for first timers.
More often than not, the agency will provide 1 Umrah wajib and a few more Umrah sunat. Thus if you are planning to go more than once, you need to consider doing it at your own, which means you will need to spend on your own transportation (Taxi, Van, etc.).
Understanding The Law
To enjoy your Umrah trip without any problems, you must know and understand Umrah Law. The best way to do this is to do a research on Umrah before you travel. Pay attention to supplications, rituals and other rites of Umrah.
Don’t forget to get a copy of the itinerary of the Umrah ground package you choose, so you know what to expect. Check out the itinerary while you’re still in Malaysia, and don’t forget to take it with you.
Finally, performing Umrah is one of the most delightful rituals that is being done by millions of Muslims every year. Umrah should be performed with gratitude, desire and love. The feeling you will get from performing Umrah will stay with you for a long time, it will renew your mind and purify your soul.