Saudi Arabia welcomes first foreign Umrah pilgrims after COVID-19 ban lifted
JEDDAH – The first group of foreign Umrah pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday after a temporary ban to curb the spread of COVID-19 was lifted.
Pilgrims were greeted with gifts of dates, roses and Zam Zam water on arrival at the Kingdom's airports.
Umrah pilgrims from abroad were required to present a certificate on arrival that has been validated in their home country and states details of them receiving a COVID-19 jab that is approved by the Kingdom, Arab news reported .
مع انطلاق موسم عمرة 1443 هـ، أولى طلائع معتمري الخارج تصل إلى المملكة العربية #السعودية عبر مطار الملك عبد العزيز الدولي بجدة، وسط منظومة متكاملة من الخدمات والتدابير الوقائية والاجراءات الاحترازية، حفاظًا على صحة وسلامة ضيوف الرحمن. #وزارة_الحج_والعمرة pic.twitter.com/qY14FJ291k— وزارة الحج والعمرة (@HajMinistry) August 15, 2021
They must also adhere to quarantine measures if they were coming from countries where there was a ban on direct entry to the Kingdom.
The deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, said that all Saudi Umrah companies have been preparing to serve foreign pilgrims and were dedicated to providing the best services to the pilgrims from the point of arrival till departure.
Umrah is a pilgrimage to Makkah performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to Hajj that must be performed in the month of Dhul Hajja in the lunar Hijri calendar.
Last year, the Umrah pilgrimage was temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Videos of alleged buying, selling of votes leak ahead of Lahore’s ...12:33 PM | 28 Nov, 2021
- Section 144 imposed around Karachi's Nasla Tower amid protests ...11:52 AM | 28 Nov, 2021
- President Alvi, Tajik counterpart agree to further strengthen ...11:27 AM | 28 Nov, 2021
- Punjab students to get Rs3,000 monthly stipend under Waseela Taleem ...10:53 AM | 28 Nov, 2021
- Rawalpindi woman lands in jail for hurling purse at magistrate10:29 AM | 28 Nov, 2021
- Abrar Ul Haq comes under fire for sharing video of young girl making ...07:32 PM | 27 Nov, 2021
- Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza launch their customised fragrance07:00 PM | 27 Nov, 2021
- Malala Yousafzai’s family celebrates her Oxford graduation04:30 PM | 27 Nov, 2021