From 9 August 2021, Saudi Arabia will begin to receive Umrah pilgrimage applications from abroad for vaccinated worshippers, a year and a half after worshippers from abroad were stopped to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, according to the Saudi Arabia News Agency (SPA) and Asharq Al-Awsat.
Worshippers wanting to perform Umrah will have to attach their authorised COVID-19 vaccination certificates along with their Umrah application, and if accepted they must continue to follow all COVID-19 precautionary measures while in Saudi Arabia. For vaccinated worshippers who are on Saudi Arabia's entry-ban list, they will have to undergo hotel quarantine upon arrival.
For the last two seasons, Saudi Arabia has hosted the Hajj pilgrimage for a limited number of locals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Umrah was reopened in October 2020 for locals.
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Source: Asharq Al-Awsat
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