Covid-19; Saudi Arabia opens Umrah Pilgrimage to vaccinated foreigners

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the resumption of international Umrah service for pilgrims worldwide from August 9 onwards. Saudi will begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from vaccinated foreign worshippers.

The announcement came about 18 months after the kingdom closed its borders to foreign pilgrims due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the report, it says that Permits will be initially granted to 60,000 Umrah pilgrims per month but later it will be increased to two million per month.

Pilgrims should note that they are carrying COVID-19 vaccination certificates along with their Umrah request, it said.

Vaccinated pilgrims from countries on Saudi Arabia’s no entry list will be subject to institutional quarantine upon arrival, it added.

Requirements:

  • Mandatory requirement of being vaccinated against COVID-19 with complete doses of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J.
  • Complete doses of China’s vaccines with booster shots of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J.
  • Age 18 and above will be allowed.

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The Umrah is a pilgrimage to Islam’s two holiest sites in the cities of Mecca and Medina and can be undertaken at any time of the year. It is distinct from the Hajj, which takes place once annually.

Saudi Arabia stopped the Umrah following the pandemic but reopened it to immunized domestic worshippers in October last year.

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