Surge in demand for umrah flights after Saudi Arabia lifts vaccination check at two holy mosques

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There is an increased demand for flights destined to Saudi Arabia following the decision to cancel the registration of COVID-19 vaccination data to obtain a Umrah permit for those coming from outside Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, a new travel advisory has been announced for passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah after the Kingdom implemented new COVID requirements.

Saudi authorities have relaxed the limitation on a PCR test and approved a list of eight vaccines for people travelling for Umrah, according to the new travel instructions.

Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Cansino, and Sputnik were among the vaccines approved by the Kingdom.

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To fly to the Kingdom, the travelers would need one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna, and two doses and a booster shot of Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Sputnik.

On the other hand, those who had a single dose of Cansino, will need two booster shots before being able to travel to the Kingdom for Umrah.

Umrah pilgrims will also need to obtain a vaccination certificate before travelling, according to the travel advise.

Saudi Arabia relaxed significant COVID requirements on passengers travelling to the Kingdom on March 6, although health coverage remains essential for all visitors.

Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia would no longer be needed to undertake a PCR test or a quarantine period, according to a notification issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia.

The prohibition on wearing masks in public areas has also been abolished, although passengers must still have medical insurance.

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