Saudi Arabia changes policy for foreign Umrah pilgrims



2022-02-08 15:11:00

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Tuesday  introduced that every one foreign Umrah pilgrims coming to the Kingdom should submit a unfavourable PCR take a look at report taken inside 48 hours earlier than arrival, Radio Pakistan reported.

In keeping with a press release issued on this regard, this rule applies to all, “regardless of their vaccination status”.

The brand new regulation will likely be efficient from subsequent Wednesday.

Pilgrims have to point out they’re vaccinated utilizing the Tawakkalna app to enter the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Madinah.

Earlier, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had additionally introduced that foreign Umrah pilgrims can now as soon as extra lengthen their length of keep to 30 days from the beforehand allowed 10 days, the Saudi Gazette had reported.

“Before the travel ban following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, foreign pilgrims were allowed to stay up to 30 days in Saudi Arabia. When the temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims was lifted and the service resumed on November 1, 2021, foreign pilgrims were allowed a 10-day stay in the kingdom,” the report famous.

Moreover, so long as the foreign pilgrims are from nations which don’t fall below a journey ban, and so long as they’ve been inoculated with the authorised vaccines, they’ll now straight arrive in Makkah and carry out Umrah with out the necessity for institutional quarantine.

Beneath the brand new relaxations, all foreign pilgrims aged 18 and above will likely be given a allow to enter the dominion and carry out Umrah, topic to the phrases set by the ministry.

Amongst home pilgrims, these aged 12 and above are allowed to carry out Umrah.

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