Saudi Arabia; Allow Umrah for Those Who Have Been Vaccinated

UMMATIMES - The Saudi Arabian government allows Umrah and entry to the Grand Mosque for those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. This was conveyed directly by the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, yesterday.

Quoting from Arab News, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, along with the implementation of this Umrah permit, the management of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina will increase their operational capacity during Ramadan, which starts next week.

The permission will be given to those who have received the vaccination shot twice, those who have received the first injection and 14 days have passed, or those who have caught the virus and recovered.

Each person's vaccination status must be registered with the Saudi Arabian COVID-19 application, Tawakkalna. The app was launched last year to help track coronavirus infections.

Those who wish to visit two mosques or perform Umrah, according to the Ministry's statement, must register through the Tawakkalna application and the Umrah Eatmarna application.

Registration will be accommodated according to the space and availability of both mosques and in accordance with health restrictions.

The ministry said the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps would be the only official platforms available to issue permits and warn the public against using fake websites and apps.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said his party was ready to welcome Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque and Nabawi Mosque during Ramadan, with coronavirus measures in place to ensure public safety.