On Monday, The government of Saudi Arabia announced the resumption of Umrah for international pilgrims from next month (November). Previously, Umrah was suspended for international pilgrims due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
After the resumption, thousands of Muslims all over the world including Pakistan will now be allowed to travel to the holy cities and perform Umrah in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the reports said.
According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia, the international Umrah will be resumed from the 1st of November 2020.
The official announcement came out through the Twitter handle of Haramain Sharifain.
The requirements for the pilgrims include a negative PCR test which needs to be taken 72 hours before the departure. The pilgrims will also spend a three-day quarantine period in the hotel.
Furthermore, the pilgrims will not be allowed to embark on the holy journey individually rather they are prescribed to travel in groups under a guide. Also, all the pilgrims are required to confirm their return tickets matching their Umrah program.
An average of 10, 000 foreign pilgrims are expected by the authorities to visit every week. All these travelers will be divided into fifty groups and each group will be provided with a guide.
Also, the travelers will have to get their Umrah and prayers booked at the 2 Holy Mosques.