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Saudi Arabia opens applications for vaccinated foreign Umrah pilgrims

The kingdom will initially allow 60,000 pilgrims each month, gradually increasing to two million

Saudi Arabia has announced the resumption of Umrah service for vaccinated pilgrims from abroad following a successful Hajj season.

Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, head of the General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, directed affiliates to finalise preparations for receiving Umrah pilgrims and other worshippers and urged the presidency’s employees to make all efforts and observe all precautionary measures at both the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

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The kingdom will initially allow 60,000 pilgrims to perform the pilgrimage each month, gradually increasing numbers to reach two million people per month.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah halted applications for praying and performing Umrah at the Grand Mosque to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals and to complete the sanitisation of holy sites ahead of this year’s Hajj season. Following this most recent decision, authorities are once again accepting travel requests.

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