Saudi Arabia to allow foreign pilgrims to perform Umrah from Nov 1

MAKKAH: As Saudi Arabia lifts the bans imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, foreign pilgrims will now be able to visit the Kingdom to perform Umrah.

According to Saudi Gazette, pilgrims aged 18-50 will be allowed to enter the Kingdom from abroad to perform Umrah, effective from November 1 (Rabiul Awwal 15).

The pilgrims must quarantine themselves for three days upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia as part of the precautionary measures and preventive protocols issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Saudi Gazette quoted ministry sources as saying that all Umrah companies and establishments must adhere to the ministry’s regulations and controls regulating the reception of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom.

The publication, citing regulations, reported that pilgrims must carry a PCR medical test certificate clearing them of coronavirus.

The certificate must be issued by a reliable laboratory and must not be more than 72 hours old from the time the sample was taken to the time of departure to Saudi Arabia.

“The pilgrims shall have obtained reservation for the performance of Umrah as well as to the visit of the Two Holy Mosques and prayer at Rawdah Sharif by registering through Eatmarna application, as well as having confirmed return flight reservations in accordance with the approved programme for each pilgrim,” read the report.

It said the reservation for accommodation “must include at least three meals during the three-day period of medical isolation”.

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