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Travel guidelines for Umrah/Hajj/Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia during COVID 19


Nasif Fardin
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A number of immigration restrictions have been established by the Saudi government, including those that relate to religious travel. Keep in mind that the Umrah procedure has changed significantly as a result of COVID-19. After a seven-month break owing to the global pandemic, Saudi Arabia resumed Umrah in October 2020. On Twitter, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stated that inoculation registration via the Qodum platform is required for international pilgrims 72 hours before arrival to ensure compliance with Saudi Arabia's recognized vaccines.

Saudi authorities have asked Muslims planning Umrah pilgrimages to the Kingdom to register for full COVID-19 immunization online before arriving. The vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia are Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. People vaccinated with the Chinese-made vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac have to spend three days in institutional quarantine, and present a negative PCR certificate 48 hours after isolation.

Pilgrims arriving from outside the country are allowed to stay up to 30 days, must be 12 years old or older, and must present proof of immunization on the health app Tawakkalna, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. According to the 10-day interval for repeating Umrah, international Muslims will be able to perform the rituals for a total number of three times throughout their 30-day stay.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah require certain mobile applications be downloaded and used to request the issuance of permits for scheduled times to enter the holy sites. If you choose to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, or require additional information on Hajj and Umrah, please visit: Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's webpage

 

Source: https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/covid-19-pilgrims-required-to-register-vaccination-before-arrival-1.1642506962021


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Abdulrahman Ibn Aziz
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So we have to get the full two doses before applying for Umrah? Or will partial immunization do? 


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