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Umrah Resumption for foreign pilgrims in 1443

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Umrah Resumption for pilgrims from all over the world on August 9th

The ban has finally been lifted, Umrah is Reopening. After nearly 2 years of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, pilgrims from all over the world will be able to perform Umrah, the sacred journey that has been missed by millions of pilgrims worldwide. 

After a stunningly successful Hajj season, with zero recorded Covid-19 cases, Saudi authorities have decided to resume Umrah starting the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 for Saudi residents and starting the 1st of Muharram, 1443 – 9th of August, 2021, performers from around the globe will be able to apply for Umrah visas and go on their Umrah trips. 

 

Umrah in 2021

 

Getting ready for Umrah’s busy season 

Hani Ali Al-Amiri, member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah stated that;

More than 500 Umrah service providers and agencies along with 6,000 Umrah agents are getting ready to serve, book, and accommodate aspiring Umrah performers. People wishing to perform Umrah, can book their packages and, make their payments through 30 electronic platforms and mobile applications that are available for global reservations.

Umrah performers need to be in excellent health condition, fully vaccinated against Coronavirus, and must be over 18 years old. Umrah aspirants need to conform to the health and precautionary procedures set by the government to ensure their safety and security. 

Al-Amiri added that Saudi Umrah services providers offer accommodation, transportation, and all ground services packages. While online services are available globally through B2B and B2C platforms approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah whereas, the pilgrim can choose his desired package, meals, flight, and means of transportation.

“The Grand Mosque is ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers for Umrah” said the deputy head of the affairs of the Grand Mosque, Saad bin Muhammad Al-Muhaimid.

Know more about Umrah Do’s and Don’ts

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Publication 

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued a publication on the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 concerning the rules and regulations for Umrah visa issuance and Umrah performance for foreigners. The publication stated that;

  •  All service providers, Umrah performers, and agents should comply with the safety rules and regulations issued by the Ministry.
  • Only authorized service providers are allowed to book or perform a service for pilgrims.
  • Only pilgrims of 18 years and above are allowed to book for Umrah
  • Only fully vaccinated pilgrims with two doses of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J will be granted Umrah permits and visas.
  • Pilgrims are requested to visit one of the authorized medical centers in their countries to run a health check-up and confirm their health status before visa issuance. 
  • Pilgrims should note that specific prayer locations have been designated conforming to the social distancing and safety regulations.
  • Pilgrims are also required to follow markings on the floor when performing Tawaf as was seen during Hajj.
  • All countries are allowed to send direct flights except for 13 countries which are India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. Pilgrims arriving from these countries require a quarantine of 14 days in a third country before arriving to the Kingdom.

 

Umrahme wishes you a blissful, safe Umrah journey. May Allah accepts your prayers!

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