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Saudi Arabia increases Umrah pilgrims to 70,000 in one day

Saudi Arabia increases Umrah pilgrims to 70,000 in one day
September 8, 2021 --- Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has increased the number of Umrah pilgrims to 70,000 per day from Wednesday. With a daily capacity of up to 70,000 Umrah performers, the overall number of pilgrims has been increased to 2.1 million per month.

The ministry said that the issuance of Umrah permits will be issued through the “Etamarna and Tawakalna” app, and only vaccinated people can apply. The Kingdom resumed receiving vaccinated foreign Umrah pilgrims on August 9 following the Hajj season.

All domestic Umrah pilgrims must be vaccinated, said Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr Abdul Fattah Sulaiman Mashat. A proof of this will be displayed on the Tawakalna app. They must have either received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or have completed 14 days after receiving their first dose, or must have recently recovered from the infection.

As for Umrah pilgrims coming from abroad, they must obtain a vaccination certificate issued by competent authorities in their respective countries and this must be attached along with their application. Furthermore, they must be vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Saudi Arabia.

For pilgrims coming from countries which are on Saudi Arabia’s travel red list, they must be institutionally quarantined upon arrival in the kingdom before performing Umrah. –APP