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Local Umrah to resume first but in ‘limited numbers’

The Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday that the “resumption of Umrah will be done gradually depending on COVID-19 conditions.”

According to trusted sources, Umrah will first be resumed for locals (residents of Saudi Arabia) and that too will be allowed in ‘limited numbers’.

The source confirmed previous speculations that an application is being developed which will allow for registration of the pilgrim’s intended time and date for the performance of Umrah and also a negative COVID-19 PCR report will be a mandatory requirement. If the intending pilgrim fulfills all conditions then an “Umrah permit” will be issued.

Regarding the opening date of Umrah, the source said that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will announce the full mechanism in the coming days

Also Read: ‘International flights to resume Tuesday while plans for Umrah underway’

It is important to note that all restriction on international travel are lifted on January 1st, 2021.

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