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Coronavirus: Umrah to resume in Saudi Arabia with limited domestic pilgrims

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Filed on September 15, 2020 | Last updated on September 15, 2020 at 01.07 am
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Muslims unite around the Kaaba, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

(AFP file photo)

The move is part of the Ministry of Interior's proposal to ease travel restrictions from September 15.

Umrah service will resume soon in Saudi Arabia with only a limited number of domestic pilgrims being permitted to perform the ritual initially, according to media such as Saudi Gazette.

The move is part of the Ministry of Interior's proposal to ease travel restrictions from September 15, with the complete lifting to come into effect on January 1, 2021.

Gulf citizens and non-Saudis with valid residency visas or permits will be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia from September 15 as long as they do not have Covid-19.

As for Umrah, according to Saudi Gazette sources domestic pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage provided they fulfil certain criteria. For example, it will be obligatory for pilgrims carry a negative Covid-19 test certificate with them.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will announce soon the terms and conditions in this regard, Saudi Gazette said.

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 this year's Haj. He said that the ministry will capitalise on this successful experience in implementing high-quality health and regulatory measures for the coming Umrah season.

Umrah is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah which can be undertaken at any time of the year.

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