Saudi Arabia will start receiving pilgrims from outside the Kingdom from Sunday, November 1, 2020, based on the plan announced by the government in its third phase of the gradual relaxation of Umrah service.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has also laid out the guidelines for receiving foreign pilgrims between the age of 18 and 50 from outside the Kingdom.
The pilgrims must remain three days in quarantine upon their arrival in the Kingdom, according to the precautionary measures and preventive protocols issued by the ministry to stem the spread of coronavirus.
They must present a PCR test certificate proving that they have tested negative for COVID-19. The certificate must be issued by a trusted laboratory in the pilgrim’s country no more than 72 hours before departure.
Pilgrims must obtain reservation for the performance of as well as to the visit of the Two Holy Mosques and prayer at Rawdah Sharif by registering through Eatmarna application, as well as having confirmed return flight reservations in accordance with the approved program for each pilgrim.
Pilgrims arriving from abroad will be divided into groups of at least 50 pilgrims.Umrah Unified programs must be booked for the groups, including all services that match the date of their booking to perform Umrah and visit the Two Holy Mosques.
The ministry stated that in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned authorities, it is working to determine the countries from where the Umrah performers can come and their numbers on a periodic basis.