The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to resume welcoming people who wish to perform Umrah as the travel restrictions placed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will be lifted from November 1, 2020, reported Saudi Gazette.
According to the gazette, people from the age of 18 to 50 who wish to perform the religious pilgrimage will be allowed to enter the kingdom, but they would be quarantined for three days after arrival, according to the protocols issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Furthermore, pilgrims must carry a PCR medical test certificate – issued by a reliable laboratory within 72 hours of the flight’s departure time – clearing them of coronavirus.
“The pilgrims shall have obtained a reservation for the performance of Umrah as well as to the visit of the Two Holy Mosques and prayer at Rawdah Sharif by registering through Eatmarna application, as well as having confirmed return flight reservations in accordance with the approved programme for each pilgrim,” read the report.
Reportedly, all Umrah companies must follow a set of instructions issued by the ministry.
- The Umrah company has to verify the correct information in the passports of the pilgrims, including the date of birth entered in the Umrah system, within a maximum 34 hours before the arrival date.
- The data of confirmed airline tickets for each pilgrim will also be entered in the system. This will include the ticket number, flight number, city of departure, date, and time of departure.
- The system will contain accommodation information to stay in Makkah and Madinah.
- The foreign Umrah tour agent, in solidarity with the Saudi Umrah company, is responsible for the integrity of this data, and they will be held accountable for furnishing incorrect information in this regard.
- The foreign agents shall notify the pilgrims about the mandatory health precaution of three-day medical isolation upon arrival in the Kingdom in the hotels in which the pilgrims reside.
- The pilgrims must be divided into groups of at least 50 each, with a leader appointed to guide each group.