Saudi announces Umrah guidelines for overseas pilgrims
Published on October 27, 2020 at 10.17
As Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj unveiled the start of the third phase of Umrah, starting Sunday, November 1, authorities have announced a strict set of guidelines keeping in line with Kingdom’s Covid safety measures and preventive protocols.
If you are planning to conduct Umrah this year, here’s what you need to know.
* The age group for Umrah pilgrims is set at 18 to 50 years.
* A PCR medical test certificate showing that pilgrims are free from Covid-19 has to be issued by a reliable laboratory from their countries of origin. The test should have been taken not more than 72 hours from the time of departure.
* Prior reservation is a must to perform Umrah, visit the Two Holy Mosques, and pray at the Rawdah Sharif. Reservations can be made through the Eatmarna application.
* Pilgrims have to undergo a three-day quarantine period upon landing in the Kingdom.
* A comprehensive health insurance, confirmed bookings for accommodation and transport are a must.
* The Umrah company has to provide within 34 hours before the arrival date of the pilgrims, their passport data, personal information, confirmed airline tickets and accommodation bookings. The data has to be entered into the Umrah system 24 hours prior to the visitor’s arrival.
* Umrah performers will be divided into groups of 50 people and a guide has be appointed for each group by the Umrah company or agent.