Saudi Arabia Set to Open Umrah Pilgrimage for Foreigners on August 10

Monday, 26-July-2021 23:00

Masjid al-Haram Grand Mosque at the Holy Land of Mecca
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Masjid al-Haram Grand Mosque at the Holy Land of Mecca

DUBAI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Saudi Arabia has announced that it will reopen Umrah pilgrimages to pilgrims from abroad starting on August 10, 2021.

According to a Gulf News report citing the national news agency SPA, the policy is a follow-up to the smooth completion of this year's Hajj pilgrimage season.

Umrah pilgrimage for Saudi Arabian citizens and expatriates within the country has also been reopened.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, President of the General Head of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, directed all competent coalition members to finalize preparations for the reception of Umrah pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram Grand Mosque at the Holy Land of Mecca, as reported by Bernama.

He also asked officers to do their best and ensure the implementation of all precautionary measures at the Grand Mosque and the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi Prophet's Mosque in Medina, in line with "excellent and smooth work" during the Hajj season last week.

Earlier this month, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah temporarily suspended registrations for performing prayers and Umrah pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque.

This is to enable pilgrims to carry out their worship smoothly and officers to complete sanitation work at the Grand Mosque during this year's hajj season.

Meanwhile, according to a tweet on Twitter by Haramain Sharifain, direct flights are permitted from all countries except India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and Lebanon-which are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a third country before arriving to Saudi Arabia.

In addition, pilgrims must have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine, either the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.

Complete immunization involving a vaccine made in China is required along with booster doses from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J injections.

Furthermore, Umrah is allowed for pilgrims aged 18 years and over, as well as arrivals through an Umrah agent authorized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia, as reported by Antara.

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