Saudi Arabia decides to resume Umrah from Oct 4
September 23, 2020
CAIRO (Reuters) - After a seven-month suspension due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to offer Umrah beginning on October 4. Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah undertaken any time of the year, attracting 19 million people last year. Saudi Arabia had instituted a freeze on Umrah in March. "Based on the reports of the competent authorities regarding developments in addressing the coronavirus and in response to the aspirations of many Muslims at home and abroad to perform Umrah and visit, and based on the wise leadership's keenness on the health and safety of the visitors the Two Holy Mosques, a Royal Approval is issued to allow the performance of Umrah and the visit gradually with taking the necessary health preventative measures," read the official statement issued by Ministry of Interior.