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Umrah resumes from August 10 but Pakistanis not allowed

Umrah

Following the success of Hajj 2021, Saudi Arabia has confirmed the reopening of Umrah to overseas pilgrims beginning on the 1st Muharram 1443 (August 10), however, people from nine countries including Pakistan are barred from entering the country without observing quarantine in a sanctioned country. 

Due to the changing conditions surrounding COVID-19, Haramain Sharifain tweeted that the eligibility and qualifications fluctuate frequently. 

For pilgrims, new guidelines have been established, including age restrictions. 

Except for nine countries, all countries must send direct flights under the new regulations (Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Lebanon). They must spend 14 days in quarantine in a third nation before entering the kingdom. 

The vaccination is a legal necessity. Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazenca, or Johnson & Johnson are the only options for pilgrims. Furthermore, everyone who has gotten the Chinese vaccine will require a booster shot of the immunizations listed above. 

Pilgrims aged 18 and up will be permitted to perform Umrah. 

Only 60,000 Saudi nationals or residents performed Hajj this year, while overseas pilgrims were once again excluded owing to coronavirus.

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