Pakistan Starts Accepting Applications from Umrah Pilgrims under New Regulations


On Tuesday, Pakistan announced that it will start accepting applications from the nationals for the Umrah pilgrimage from November 1st, 2020 under the new regulations.

As per the reports, Pakistanis will be able to submit their application for the Umrah pilgrimage under the new regulations.

Also, the Saudi Arabian government has issued the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for airlines, tour operators, and pilgrims in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airlines providing transportation services will be bound to maintain social distancing among pilgrims, while, the passengers have been asked to undergo the COVID-19 screening test at least 72 hours before the departure.

The Umrah pilgrims will submit their coronavirus test reports at the airports’ counters before their departure, however, elderly citizens will be banned in accordance with the SOPs.

Previously, Saudi Arabia had announced to recommence the Umrah pilgrimage for international pilgrims from November 1st after a suspension of months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia, the international Umrah will resume from November 1st, 2020.

A message posted on the Twitter handle of the Haramain Sharifain read that all suitable countries will be informed by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Announcing the protocols for the resumption of International Umrah, it had said that a negative PCR test no earlier than 72-hours before departure time in origin will be needed from the pilgrims while a quarantine period of three days must be completed in the hotel.

Each group must be escorted by a registered guide as no individual will be allowed to perform the Umrah.

It is relevant to mention here that at least 24,000 pilgrims had performed Umrah since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia partially resumed the pilgrimage with widespread health precautions after a 7-month coronavirus interval.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques stated that up till now, no coronavirus case has been reported among pilgrims.

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