Started from November 1, 2020, The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has laid out the guidelines for receiving pilgrims from outside the Kingdom in its phased resumption of Umrah services.
Not only that, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also will bring relief for the more than 500 Umrah companies in the Kingdom that have been badly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For the resumption of Umrah services, Saudia Airlines has announced the reopening of 33 travel destinations.
Ahmed Bajaifer, an investor in Umrah companies, said that an estimated 10,000 pilgrims will arrive each week in Saudi Arabia. But, the ministry will only allow pilgrims between 18 and 50 years old to come for Umrah, in line with the requirements of the Ministry of Health.
And they should present the PCR test certificate proving that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Pilgrims must book their Umrah and prayers at the Two Holy Mosques, including visits to the Prophet’s Mosque and prayers in the Prophet’s Chamber. And for all bookings can be done through the Eatmarna app.
They are also required to have confirmed return flights that suit their Umrah programs.
The mandatory components of the service package for each pilgrim include booking accommodation that provides three full-board meals for the quarantine period, which should be at least three days and transport from the port to the accommodation.
They must also have a comprehensive insurance policy.
Pilgrims arriving from abroad will be divided into groups of at least 50 pilgrims. A guide will be appointed for each group, and the Saudi agent will be obliged to provide the contracted service packages.