The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has lifted the maximum age limit of 50 years for overseas Muslims performing Umrah pilgrimage.
However, the pilgrims will still be required to produce Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
The elderly foreign pilgrims can perform Umrah in line with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to control the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had set an age limit for pilgrims aged from 18 to 50 years coming to the Kingdom for Umrah, as well as requiring them to get vaccinated against COVID using authorized vaccinations.
Overseas pilgrims should purchase their packages from authorized travel companies, which will provide them permits to perform Umrah and offer prayers within Makkah’s Grand Mosque.
For the issuing of an online pilgrimage visa, pilgrims have to submit their immunization certificates to Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry.
In a meeting with Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri on November 12, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, hinted at an early resumption of Umrah flights from Pakistan.
Noor ul Haq Qadri, in a meeting with the Saudi ambassador, stated that the religious affairs ministry would follow the Saudi authorities’ directives and provide full cooperation.
Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, the Saudi ambassador, indicated during the meeting that he will soon deliver the strategy for the reinstatement of Umrah flights to the appropriate Saudi authorities.
He implied that the flight restrictions would be lifted soon.