Well, the first thing, and in a nutshell: Mecca cannot be visited. Now the explanation. Very few countries in the world are closed to tourism, but Saudi Arabia is one of them. You cannot get a tourist visa to visit the country, although there are several ways that you can get a special one that is called visit visa. First of all, the only foreigners who can enter the country are those who, being Muslims, are going to carry out the pilgrimage to Mecca or any other person who for business or commercial reasons must visit any of the cities.
In the case of western tourists who are not Muslims, you can apply for this visiting visa as long as you have a person who is responsible for you in the country, who must be a Saudi national or an expatriate and be in charge of managing all the necessary procedures in the own country. If they give you permission for your visit, you should go to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Spain (or from where you read to us) to have your visa issued. Your passport must have a expiration date greater than six months after the expected date of entry into the country.
As for Mecca in particular, both that city and Medina are prohibited to non-muslim people, so if your desire is to visit it or bother to start the procedures unless you are a Muslim. Another fact that you should take into account, especially if you are a woman, is that if you visit Saudi Arabia, even if it is any other part of which we have spoken, you must be accompanied at all times by your "friend or guarantee" since it is not allowed to women go alone nowhere.
OUR TRIP TO MECCA (May 2022)
- saudi arabia, mecca