The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says it would difficulty permits for some visits to Muslim holy websites in the course of the upcoming month of Ramadan, however provided that candidates adjust to COVID pandemic restrictions.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah introduced earlier this week that solely people who find themselves totally vaccinated for COVID can be issued permits. Alternately, somebody who has had their first vaccine dose greater than 14 days earlier than making use of additionally could also be permitted, in addition to those that have had COVID however recovered.
“It has been determined to extend the capability of the Grand Mosque in Makkah to 50,000 Umrah performers and 100,000 worshipers per day for immunized folks,” the ministry stated in a statement. Entry to the Grand Mosque can be restricted to these exhibiting their permits by way of the Tawakkalna software and from their very own accounts.
The foundations go into impact subsequent week, initially of the month of Ramadan.
The smaller Umrah pilgrimage was canceled solely final 12 months, whereas the annual Hajj was strictly restricted and successfully prohibited for a lot of Muslims around the globe. Greater than 2.3 million visas have been issued in 2019, the final 12 months for which the ministry had knowledge on Umrah visits. Egypt and Algeria have been among the many high 10 nations sending guests to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, the ministry stated.
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