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Posted On: 10 March 2022 11:01 am
Updated On: 21 March 2022 02:44 pm

Saudi eases COVID regulations in the two holy mosques

Fareeha Imtiaz
Fareeha Imtiaz
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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has announced in a tweet the main updates regarding lifting the precautionary measures in the two holy mosques.

The date of implementation as per the announcement was Sunday, the 6th of March 2022.

NOTE: Please check the official Saudi Ministry of Health portal before you make any travel plans and call the relevant entity or authority to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

The following updates have been announced:

  • Canceling the permit for praying in the Grand Mosque and the permits for visiting the prophet peace be upon him. Umrah permits and praying in the Noble Rawdah are still required.
  • Suspending the implementation of social distancing measures in the two holy mosques while still requiring wearing of face masks.
  • Not requiring to submit a negative result for an approved PCR test or an approved Rapid Antigen Test before coming to the Kingdom.
  • Canceling verifying the health condition to enter the two holy mosques for all the Guests of Allah.
  • Not requiring registering the immunization information to obtain a permit for Umrah for those coming from outside the Kingdom.
  • Canceling the institutional and home quarantine for pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom.

The Ministry has also mentioned that the measures taken above are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom, according to the developments in the epidemiological situation.

Source: Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Twitter)
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