Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that foreign Umrah pilgrims can visit any city in the country with their 30-day Umrah visa, Al Arabiya reported.
However, 15 days must be spent in visiting the two grand mosques in Makkah and Madinah during their 30-day Umrah stay, said Abdulaziz Wazzan, undersecretary of Hajj Ministry for Umrah Affairs, to Xinhua news agency.
The official said Umrah was open to all Muslims for 10 months and that Saudi Arabia welcomed Muslims from all over the world.
Around 8.5 million Umrah visas are expected to be issued in the next 10 months, he added. Last year, more than seven million visas were issued.
The move comes as Saudi Arabia is taking major steps including promoting tourism to diversify its economy, in order to get ready for the post-oil era.