Saudi Arabia will start receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims beginning August 9, 2021, the state news agency (SPA) reported early Sunday.
According to a Hajj and Umrah Ministry official, international pilgrims will be required to submit authorized Covid-19 vaccination certificates with their Umrah requests.
The capacity will be gradually increased to 2 million pilgrims per month, said the report.
Vaccinated pilgrims from countries on Saudi Arabia’s entry ban list will be institutionally quarantined upon arrival, according to the report.
Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that can be undertaken at any time of year, was reopened to domestic worshippers in October after being closed following the pandemic outbreak.