According to the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that the Kingdom ends institutional quarantine for foreign Umrah pilgrims who took 2 doses of coronavirus vaccines approved in the Kingdom.
As per details, The Ministry said that fully vaccinated pilgrims can now travel directly to the holy city of Makkah and start performing Umrah rites without the need for institutional quarantine.
It further said that “The period of stay in the Kingdom for pilgrims coming from abroad has been increased to 30 days,”
Before the travel ban following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign pilgrims were allowed to stay up to 30 days in Saudi Arabia. When the temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims was lifted and the service resumed on November 1, 2020, foreign pilgrims were allowed a 10-day stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In line with the terms and conditions set by the Ministry of Health, Now all foreign pilgrims aged 18 and above will be granted a permit to enter Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah.
The Ministry further said that as for the domestic pilgrims, anyone aged 12 and above will be allowed to perform Umrah.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry also clarified that the requirement for Umrah pilgrims from countries that are not included in the travel ban is only inoculation with 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Kingdom, They are no longer required to comply with the condition of institutional quarantine, However, a 3-day institutional quarantine is required for foreign pilgrims who are immunized with 2 doses of vaccines approved by the WHO.
Such pilgrims have to carry out a PCR laboratory test after 48 hours of institutional quarantine, and will be allowed to perform Umrah directly if they submit a negative PCR report, The ministry has revoked the maximum age limit of 50 years for pilgrims coming to perform Umrah from outside Saudi Arabia.
While social distancing measures were lifted, pilgrims were still required to wear face masks and make reservations to perform Umrah and prayers in order to verify their immunity status at the entrances of the holy mosques.
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