The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that it will start receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad starting Monday, August 9.
This coincides with the Islamic new year
The ministry said it will gradually increase the capacity to reach 2 million pilgrims per month, which includes pilgrims from inside and outside the Kingdom.
Pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom must present an authorized COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the official authorities in the pilgrim’s country
The certificate must be attached within the request to perform the rituals, with the condition that the vaccines are approved in the Kingdom
The issuance of Umrah permits will be through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications, amid an integrated system of services and preventive measures, taken by Saudi Arabia to ensure the safety and health of those wishing to perform the rituals of Umrah and Ziyarah.
Measures include limiting the number of passengers on a bus to not exceed 50 percent of the buses’ capacity while maintaining a safe distance inside the buses, providing sterilizers, and making sure of the permits of pilgrims issued by the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps before boarding the bus.
More than 4,000 workers sterilize the Grand Mosque and its outdoor parks and facilities more than 10 times a day with the use of the best sterilizers and perfumes that were brought specially for the Grand Mosque.
Almost 60,000 liters of environment-friendly sterilizers are used daily during washing and some 1,200 liters of perfumes and 470 tools and washing machines to sterilize the Grand Mosque.