It identified 13 preventive measures, most notably the BCR swab and the 3-day isolation
"Islamic Affairs" announces travel restrictions for performing Umrah
The Saudi authorities have set preconditions for performing Umrah to prevent the spread of Corona.
Yesterday, the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments announced a list of general controls for those wishing to go to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, which included 13 administrative and preventive measures or requirements that must be met by pilgrims and tour coordinators, in cooperation with the Saudi authorities, to protect the Holy Land from the outbreak of the new Corona pandemic ( Covid-19), the most prominent of which is the necessity to conduct an approved PCR scan that proves the negativity of the one who wants to perform Umrah 72 hours before travel, as well as the commitment to health isolation for a period of three days in the residence hotel upon arrival in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In detail, the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments published yesterday a list of general controls for those wishing to perform Umrah rituals among the country's citizens and residents, which included 13 administrative and preventive measures or requirements that must be met by pilgrims and tour coordinators in cooperation with the Saudi authorities, to protect the Holy Land from the outbreak of the Corona pandemic Newcomer (Covid-19).
The authority stated, on its official pages on social media platforms, that the list of requirements for the entitlement to Umrah includes six protocols for those wishing to perform the rituals of citizens of the country: The first is that the age group for those wishing to perform Umrah ranges between 18 and 50 years, according to the requirements of the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia The second is to present a PCR examination certificate with a negative result proving that those wishing to perform Umrah are free of the Corona virus, issued by a reliable laboratory from the state (provided that it does not exceed 72 hours from the time of taking the sample until the time of departure to Saudi Arabia).
The third protocol included the necessity of pre-booking the performance of Umrah and prayer in the Grand Mosque, visiting the Prophet’s Mosque and praying in the honorable kindergarten in accordance with the controls and absorptive capacity approved by the application of “Umrah”. The fourth included downloading the “Tawakalna” application upon arrival in Saudi Arabia and entering the data of the Umrah permit request after three days, while it included The Fifth Protocol is the availability of confirmed airline reservations to go and return according to the approved program for each pilgrim, and finally, housing services should be available with three days of health isolation upon arrival in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to the transportation service between the ports and the residence, in accordance with the mandatory components of the services package for each citizen.
According to the authority, those wishing to perform Umrah residing in the country must also conclude an Umrah contract with the approved campaigns, which includes housing services (including three days of isolation), field services, and a pre-visa.
Gradual resumption of Umrah
Gradual resumption of Umrah
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the gradual resumption of Umrah at the end of last September through four stages, which it started on the fourth of last October, by permitting the performance of Umrah for citizens and residents inside the Kingdom with a maximum of 6000 pilgrims, then it was raised in the second phase, which started in the second half of October, to reach To 15 thousand pilgrims, and 40 thousand people enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca to perform prayer.
With the beginning of this month, it was allowed to receive those wishing to perform Umrah from outside the Kingdom, and the capacity was raised to 20 thousand pilgrims and 60 thousand worshipers in the Haram.
And the fourth stage is the complete return of the rituals, when the competent authority decides to eliminate the risks of the (Covid-19) pandemic, and at that time it will raise the capacity of the Two Holy Mosques to 100%.
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