Saudi Arabia to increase Hajj capacity to 1 million pilgrims this year

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Saturday that Saudi Arabia will increase this year’s Hajj capacity to 1 million pilgrims. The ministry said this decision would be implemented in line with full safety guidelines based on the government’s concern for pilgrims’ safety and the well-being of those visiting the Grand Mosque and the […]

Foreign pilgrims required to present negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival in Saudi Arabia

Foreign pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test certificate on arrival in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before the pilgrim departs for the Kingdom and the ruling […]

10-day mandatory interval between two Umrahs applicable to foreign pilgrims too

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah revealed that the mandatory interval of 10 days between the issuance of two Umrah permits is applicable to pilgrims of all age groups, including foreign pilgrims. “Foreign pilgrims can perform maximum three Umrahs during their 30-day stay in the Kingdom. A pilgrim, who obtained a permit to perform Umrah, […]

Umrah pilgrims given 34 paths in socially-distanced Tawaf area

The General Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has allocated 34 paths in the Mataf for Umrah pilgrims after re-applying preventive and precautionary measures at the Grand Mosque. Each path is equipped with guideline stickers that outline social distancing rules. Director of Crowds Planning Administration Ayman Falamban said that necessary plans were […]

Security in Makkah will be ‘tight’ during Hajj, officials say

A tight security cordon is in place around Makkah and its holy sites to prevent unauthorized people entering the city during Hajj, commanders of the operation said on Wednesday. They also stressed that pilgrims will not be permitted to travel on foot from the Grand Mosque to Arafat, or between Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina. During […]

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah sends text messages to 20 percent of registered pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will start sending text messages to registered recipients between the ages of 41 and 50 to acquire a Hajj permit. The total number of registered pilgrims reached 558,270 with recipients aged 41-50 making up 20 percent of those approved. The electronic nomination will be canceled if they fail […]

Saudi Arabia to announce approved Hajj pilgrims on Friday

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will announce on Friday the names of the 60,000 pilgrims selected to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year. The ministry said that the electronic portal for domestic pilgrims received more than 540,000 applications from Saudi citizens and residents before registration closed on Wednesday, adding that there was no […]

Saudi Hajj ministry warns against using fake registration links

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has warned citizens and residents against dealing with bogus Hajj companies that are not listed on the online portal for pilgrims. The ministry also urged all citizens and residents to be wary of unlicensed adverts on social media that do not have official endorsement. It advised people to […]

Hajj without smart card, permit will not be allowed

In an effort to ensure compliance with coronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed that no one will be allowed to perform Hajj without a smart card and a documented official permit. Dr. Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, said that the permit will be matched with the electronic […]

450,000 Hajj applicants in 24 hours

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah received more than 450,000 Hajj requests during the first 24 hours from the opening of registration for this year’s Hajj. The ministry explained that 60 percent of the applicants are males while 40 percent are females. The ministry has completed the first phase of allocating camps to institutions and […]

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