Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, has revealed new details regarding the resumption of Umrah. The development came a week after the Saudi government lifted restrictions on the Umrah pilgrimage.
For Local Pilgrims
In an interview with a local TV channel, Dr. Saleh bin Taher highlighted that only people aged between 18 and 65 will be allowed to perform Umrah in the initial stage.
Registration of pilgrims on the Umrah Application will be mandatory before entering Masjid Al Haram. There will be no fee for the registration of the Umrah permit.
Through the application, the Ministry will provide pilgrims housing and transportation facilities. Any individuals showing coronavirus symptoms will be transferred to isolation centers established in hotels.
Each day, Umrah pilgrims will be divided into 12 groups and will be given three hours to perform rituals under the supervision of a health professional.
For International Pilgrims
The hajj ministry is eliminating physical offices and enabling registration of Umrah and Hajj through official government apps.
The ministry will make ‘per country’ decisions in the coming weeks after closely monitoring the pandemic situation and determining the countries to be risk-free in the coming weeks.