Saudi Arabia issues Umrah rules for Pakistan and 9 other countries

Lahore, 27th July: With coronavirus vaccination actively taking place around the world, Saudi Arabia has issued rules for pilgrims to perform Umrah from August 10.

According to details, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued rules and regulations for the Umrah season to start from August 10 for Pakistan and 9 other countries of the world.

All countries are allowed to send direct flights except for nine countries which include Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Lebanon which require a quarantine of 14 days in a third country before arriving in the Kingdom.

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The rules include:

1. Visas for Umrah will continue to be issued from 15 Zil Hajj to 15 Shawwal.

2. The entry of Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia will start from 1st Muharram and will continue till 30th Shawwal.

3. People above the age of 18 will be able to perform Umrah. There will be no upper age limit.

4. Umrah companies will be responsible for accommodation, transport and ground services. Hence, all airlines will be responsible for testing the PCR of visitors before boarding.

5. All sorts of traveling will be carried out in the form of groups.

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6. Prayers will be offered in the shrines through the Atmarna app, accommodation will be in three, four and five-star hotels. One room can accommodate 2 people.

7. Which countries are allowed to issue Umrah visas will depend on the situation of these countries.

8. Both doses of the Saudi-approved vaccine are required.

Meanwhile, an official page of Haramain on Twitter made the announced on July 25 that Umrah for those outside the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia will resume from the 10th August 2021.

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