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KSA limits Umrah for overseas pilgrims

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has declared that only the foreign nationals aged between 18 and 50 would be allowed to perform Umrah amid the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in the Kingdom.

Before travel, overseas pilgrims are also required to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 with vaccines recognised in Saudi Arabia and presenting an officially endorsed vaccination certificate to obtain an electronic entry visa via a platform of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Gulf News reported quoting the kingdom’s Ministry of Umrah and Hajj.

According to the report, the Saudi ministry has recently launched a service enabling overseas Umrah pilgrims to obtain permit for performing the rituals at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and pray in the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in Medina through the health apps Eatmarna and Tawakkalna in an effort to facilitate procedures for them.

Domestic pilgrims of KSA have to obtain similar permits and avoid escorting children in the Grand Mosque, it said.

Last month, Saudi Arabia eased restrictions against COVID-19 as the corona situation improved in the country.

The relaxed measures include ending distancing between pilgrims in the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina where full capacity has been reinstated.

However, pilgrims are required to continue wearing face masks at both the mosques.