No matter when you choose to perform your Umrah, one thing is certain – there will be queues.
Hundreds of thousands of people travel to Jeddah Airport every year to begin their Umrah journey, so it is inevitable that there are going to be some delays. If you have not subscribed to a VIP service, these queues will generally start at passport control, then customs and finally at the baggage reclaim.
All in all, you could spend several hours in queues before you’ve even left the airport. So here are a few tips on how to make the experience as painless as possible.
There are not too many bathrooms in Jeddah airport before you reach baggage reclaim, so make sure you use the airplane bathroom before your descent. If you need to change your clothes or put on your hijab, this is the best time to do it.
The use of mobile phones is prohibited in the customs and passport control queues, so bring a paperback if you wish to have some entertainment while you wait. The qu’ran is the obvious choice, as it will help you to prepare your mind for the journey you are about to take.
If you are travelling with kids or elderly relatives, long airport queues may prove to be a bit much. It is always a good idea to bring a few snacks and bottles of water with you to help combat the fatigue that follows a long plane journey.
To avoid the queues altogether, you simply need to book a VIP pass which will fast-track your time in customs and passport control, so you can bypass any lengthy queues or administrative delays.