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Want to visit Saudi Arabia for Umrah? Here are the procedures you need to know about

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced the procedures for pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom to follow to perform the rituals. Pilgrims need to go to a care center in Makkah six hours before performing Umrah to check the inoculation status according to the type of approved vaccines. They will be handed […]

Hajj Ministry announce Ramadan guidelines for Umrah and prayers

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has set guidelines and protocols for issuing Umrah and prayer permits for the month of Ramadan. Vaccinations are at the top of the priority list as no worshippers are allowed into either Makkah’s Grand Mosque or Madinah’s Prophet’s Mosque without having received at least one dose of coronavirus disease […]

Saudi Arabia says pilgrims without Umrah permits face SR10,000 fine

Saudi Arabia announced that pilgrims who perform Umrah without a permit during the month of Ramadan will be fined as officials are trying to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). An official source at the Ministry of Interior said a fine of SR10,000 ($2,666) would be imposed on anyone who tries to perform Umrah […]

Saudi authorities monitor multiple Umrah permit violations

Multiple cases of violations were monitored by pilgrims and worshipers flocking to the reception centers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah without permits or with illegal permits, Saudi Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdel Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat said. Immediate coordination was made with the relevant authorities, while informing the violators about their […]

Saudi Arabia to gradually resume Umrah pilgrimage from October 4

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in gradual stages, while taking the necessary precautions. The Ministry of Interior said the decision was made after assessing the developments of the coronavirus and in response to the desire of Muslims around the world to perform the ritual. The first phase […]

Hajj 2020: Jail time and fines for transporting permitless pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will fine and jail individuals and companies transporting pilgrims who do not have a Hajj permit, as part of tough security measures in place for this year’s pilgrimage. Hajj, which normally attracts upward of 2 million people from around the world, is taking place during the coronavirus pandemic and the Kingdom has severely […]

Saudi Arabia issues protocols to ensure safety of pilgrims during Hajj

With coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases still surging throughout the world, Saudi Arabia has limited the number of pilgrims to performing this year’s Hajj and put several protocols in place. The Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) has set the protocols to decrease the infection rate and ensure pilgrims’ safety. Saudi Health Minister Dr. […]

Hajj 2020 to be held with limited number of pilgrims

Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, Saudi Arabia said on Monday. The decision was taken due to the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic and to preserve “global public health,” the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said. Pilgrims taking part will be […]

Saudi Arabia lifts coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia has lifted its nationwide curfew, but says other restrictions will remain. Authorities say all economic and commercial activities will resume, but bans on international travel and religious pilgrimages will not change. The kingdom has not yet made any announcements about the annual Hajj pilgrimage, beginning in late July. Several countries, including Malaysia and […]

Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to delay Hajj bookings

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims planning to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Hajj Minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims and urged people to “wait before concluding contracts”. Some two million people were expected to travel to Mecca and […]

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