OFFICIAL UMRAH UPDATES

NOVEMBER 2021

Permits to do Umrah or lesser pilgrimage for abroad Muslims are limited to people aged 18 to 50, according to Saudi Arabia.

“Overseas pilgrims must also be fully inoculated against COVID-19 with vaccines recognized in Saudi Arabia and present an officially endorsed vaccination certificate to obtain an electronic entry visa via a platform of the Saudi Foreign Ministry,” according to the kingdom’s Ministry of Umrah and Hajj.

Meanwhile, domestic pilgrims and worshippers must get identical licenses and refrain from escorting youngsters into the Grand Mosque.

Saudi Arabia removed restrictions against COVID-19 in October, citing a stabilization of the country’s epidemiological situation and a dramatic decline in infections.

Distancing for worshippers in the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina has been eliminated, and full capacity has been restored.

At both mosques, though, worshippers must continue to wear face masks.

In August, Saudi Arabia reopened Umrah to vaccinated international pilgrims, 18 months after the country’s borders were blocked because to the pandemic.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the creation of a service that allows international pilgrims to register for Umrah and prayer permits in the Grand Mosque, as well as prayer at Rawdah at the Prophet’s Mosque, in collaboration with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

After registration on the Quddum platform, the service would be available through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications, according to the government. All users were asked to update their apps by the government and the authority.

The Ministry of Interior said on Oct. 16 that limitations across the Kingdom, including those affecting the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, have been lifted, allowing full operations and capacity to resume.

Saudi Arabia has unveiled a new service for international pilgrims, which would provide permits for Umrah and prayers at Makkah’s Grand Mosque, as well as visits to Madinah’s Prophet’s Mosque.

The program was launched in collaboration with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (SDAIA).

Overseas pilgrims, as well as citizens of the country, can now schedule Umrah trips and visit both mosques via the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications.

Before visiting the kingdom, visitors need download both applications to their mobile phones.

Following new restrictions announced by Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority earlier this month, all airports in the nation are now operating at full capacity.

Users should upgrade the two apps through the Apple or Google app stores, as well as Huawei’s AppGallery and the Galaxy Store on Android devices, according to the authorities.

In an effort to boost tourism and other pandemic-affected sectors like sports competitions and entertainment, the government has intensified a statewide vaccination program.