After Hajj success, Saudi Arabia to open Umrah

Following the successful Hajj, the Saudi government began considering lifting the ban on Umrah.

Due to the Corona pandemic, in February this year, the Saudi government banned people from abroad from entering the country for Umrah.

On March 4, the Kingdom also suspended Umrah for its citizens and residents.

The President General of Two Holy Mosques Affairs Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz al-Sudais announced on Sunday the success of this year’s Hajj season and the authorities plan to safeguard the pilgrims and ensure the adherence to strict health precautions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to state news agency SPA.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Health announced that no pilgrims tested positive for the coronavirus and the security forces confirmed that no one was able to enter the Holy sites in Mecca and Medina without an official permit during the period of Hajj.

It is not clear how long the government intends to lift the ban on Umrah, but it is expected to be announced by the end of September.

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