Resumption of Umrah service with limited domestic pilgrims

Pilgrims at King Abdulaziz Airport for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 25, 2020. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

The resumption of Umrah service will begin in the near future with only a limited number of domestic pilgrims.

The Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday partial lifting of travel restrictions from Sept. 15 and the total lifting of the restrictions effective from Jan. 1, 2021. The ministry stated that it will gradually reveal a plan to lift the suspension of Umrah service. This is in light of the developments related to the pandemic.

According to the sources, domestic pilgrims to perform the pilgrimage provided they fulfill certain terms and conditions. It will be mandatory for the pilgrims to carry with them a medical certificate. This is to show testing them negative for the coronavirus.

The opening of the door for Umrah will be in line with the coronavirus precautionary measures and preventive protocols. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will announce soon the terms and conditions in this regard, the source pointed out.

The source also confirmed that there will be a mobile application that specifies the date and time of performance of the pilgrimage by each pilgrim and that a permit to perform Umrah will be issued by the concerned authorities to those fulfilling the terms and conditions.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif confirmed earlier that the ministry will work to evaluate the experience of the exceptional success of the last Hajj. He said that the ministry will take advantage of this successful experience; in implementing high-quality health as well as regulatory measures for the coming Umrah season.