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