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Covid-19: UAE issues Umrah guidelines for residents, citizens

Web Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on November 11, 2020

(Reuters file)

Pilgirms need to download apps authorised by Saudi authorities.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has issued new Umrah protocols for citizens and residents who want to perform Umrah during the current Covid pandemic.

According to the guidelines, anyone who wants to perform Umrah must meet the age requirements announced by the Saudi Ministry of Health, provide a negative PCR test that was done no more than 72 hours from the date of the test before the departure to Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, the authority added that citizens and residents must reserve in advance to perform Umrah, offer prayers in the holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah. Prayers at the Prophet (PBUH)'s mosque can be performed in the Rawdah Al Sharifah according to rules and approved capacity in the app 'eatmarna'.

Pilgrims must also download the app 'Tawakalna' upon arrival in Saudi Arabia and apply for Umrah permit after 3 days.

The protocols also mention that pilgrims must have confirmed return flight tickets.

Additionally, the authority said that any Umrah package for citizens and residents must include accommodation, including self-quarantine for 3 days, after reaching Saudi Arabia - as well as arrange for transportation between destinations and their accommodation.

For UAE residents, Umrah seekers must sign a contract with an approved campaign that implements similar standards and conditions for accommodation and transportations, and require a visa from the Saudi Embassy or consulate.

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