Saudi Arabia to issue Umrah permit to all foreign pilgrims over 18 years of age

MoHU has canceled the maximum age limit of fifty (50) years as a prerequisite for pilgrims coming to perform Umrah from outside Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, the ministry has set the age limit of the minimum eighteen (18) years and maximum fifty (50) years to book an appointment and issue permit to perform Umrah, as well as prayer at the Grand Mosque and Al-Rawdah Sharif at the Prophet’s Mosque and visit the Prophet’s grave following the easing of restrictions that were imposed since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Under the new regulations, the elderly foreign pilgrims can come to perform Umrah and that is in line with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Foreign pilgrims under the age of eighteen (18) will not be allowed to perform Umrah. As for domestic pilgrims, all those aged twelve (12) years and above will be granted permit for Umrah and prayer at the Two Holy Mosques provided that they received 2 doses of vaccination against coronavirus.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently launched the service of issuing permits for Umrah as well as for access to the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for those coming from outside the Kingdom through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications that are uploaded on the smartphones of the pilgrims.

While social distancing measures were lifted, pilgrims were still required to wear face masks and make reservations to perform Umrah and prayers in order to verify their immunity status at the entrances of the Two Holy Mosques.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman recently issued an order to allow using the full capacity of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque for pilgrims and worshipers. Umrah pilgrims and worshipers are required to wear masks at all times when they are within the Grand Mosque and its courtyards.

Source: SG

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