Only pilgrims and worshippers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from coronavirus will now be allowed into the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Monday
Umrah permits and visit permits for the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will increase operational capacity during the month of Ramadan (next week).
The permits will be granted to those who have received two vaccination jabs, those who have received their first dose at least 14 days before their visit to Madinah and Makkah, and those who have had the virus and recovered.
Each person’s vaccination status will need to be registered on Tawakkalna
Nearly 10,000 Grand Mosque workers have already been inoculated as part of the Ramadan operational plan
The courtyard around the Kaaba and the first floor will be designated for pilgrims performing Tawaf only. Five areas will be available for prayers at the Grand Mosque, including the eastern courtyard.