Saudi Arabia to resume Umrah with limited domestic pilgrims

Saudi Arabia to resume Umrah with limited domestic pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will soon resume Umrah service with only a limited number of domestic pilgrims from within the kingdom, local media report.

The new move is part of the Ministry of Interior’s plans to ease travel restrictions. The ministry on Sunday announced the partial lifting of travel bans from Sept 15, and the complete lifting from Jan. 1, 2021.

The ministry also announced that a plan to lift the suspension of Umrah service will be announced gradually in light of the developments related to the pandemic.

Domestic pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage, provided they fulfill certain terms and conditions. It will be mandatory for the pilgrims to carry with them a medical certificate to show that they are tested negative for COVID-19, according to the report.

The opening of the door for Umrah will be made in line with the coronavirus precautionary measures and preventive protocols. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will soon announce the terms and conditions in this regard, the source pointed out.

The source confirmed that there will be a mobile application that specifies the date and time of performance of the pilgrimage by each pilgrim and that a permit to perform Umrah will be issued by the concerned authorities to those fulfilling the terms and conditions.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj Affairs Dr. Hussein Al Sharif confirmed earlier that the ministry will work to evaluate the experience of the exceptional success of the recent Haj season. He said that the ministry will take advantage of this successful experience in implem