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Saudi Arabia issues new guidelines for Umrah pilgrims

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According to an Arab news agency, citing the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Saudi Arabia has published guidelines for Umrah pilgrims travelling to the Kingdom from other countries.

Those performing the Umrah will have to visit a care centre in Mecca six hours before performing the Umrah to have their coronavirus vaccination status reviewed, according to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj.

Visitors to the care centre will be given a bracelet after being cleared, which they must wear at all times, according to the ministry.

Visitors will then be directed to the Al-Shubaikha gathering centre, where they will present their bracelet and have their data and permit checked.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj has urged pilgrims to stick to their Umrah dates and times.

It should be noted that, beginning in March 2021, Saudi Arabia allowed foreign nationals to conduct Umrah under strict compliance to the Kingdom’s coronavirus protocols.

The ministry also launched two mobile apps that enable people to select a time and date for performing the Umrah during Ramadan.

Only vaccinated people to perform Umrah

Only those who have received coronavirus vaccines will be able to access the holy mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced new guidelines and conditions for tourists and Umrah pilgrims earlier this month.

Only pilgrims who have been properly injected with the coronavirus vaccine will be permitted to enter the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque) and Masjid al-Haram (The Great Mosque), according to the latest guidelines.

The ministry explained that anyone wishing to reach the two holy mosques for Umrah or to give prayers must have received both vaccination shots; otherwise, they would not be permitted to join the mosques.

Even after being vaccinated, all those praying in mosques would be required to obey the Kingdom’s coronavirus protocols, according to the ministry.

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