Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the Umrah pilgrimage starting October 4, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“6,000 citizens and residents within the kingdom will be allowed to perform the umrah per day from October 4”, as the first phase, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
In the second phase, 15,000 citizens and residents inside the kingdom will be allowed to perform Umrah per day starting from October 18.
Visitors from outside the kingdom will be permitted from November 1, when Umrah’s capacity will rise to 20,000 pilgrims per day, the ministry said.
The ministry said Umrah would be allowed to resume at full capacity once the threat of the pandemic is over.
Saudi Arabia suspended the Umrah pilgrimage in March over the coronavirus pandemic.