Saudi Arabia puts controls and conditions for receiving pilgrims from outside the Kingdom
Saudi Arabia puts controls and conditions for receiving pilgrims from outside the Kingdom

The Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Abdel Fattah Mashat, confirmed that pilgrims from outside the Kingdom must undergo medical isolation that lasts three days before performing Umrah.


 In detail, there are 4 levels that will be relied upon to measure the extent of the spread of the virus, and to measure the level of risks in countries in general to receive pilgrims, and it will allow the arrival of pilgrims and visitors, according to the reports issued by the concerned authorities, which reflect the rate of danger of the virus in those countries, while Saudi Arabia is keen, upon arrival The guests of Rahman come to its lands, to apply all health requirements and preventive measures.

Regarding the number allowed for each regiment to perform the rituals, the Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah said that the number will reach 3300 pilgrims for each group, and this group will be allowed to be inside the campus for approximately 3 hours to perform the Umrah rituals to ensure the implementation of the procedures, while the entry of the groups will be through the gathering centers for pilgrims established by the Ministry of Hajj And Umrah, in direct coordination with the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health.

Mashat explained that there are a set of procedures and controls set by the Ministry of Hajj in coordination with the concerned authorities, including special controls for age groups, as pilgrims between the ages of 18 to 50 years will be received, and it is preferable for the pilgrim or visitor to be free from any chronic diseases in order to preserve his health and safety. The existence of the "BCR" statement, which is a basic requirement for issuing visas, provided that the validity period of the statement is valid 72 hours before the date of arrival.

Here, Mashat confirmed that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has developed a general policy to ensure fair distribution and transparency that enables pilgrims from inside and outside both to perform Umrah and visit rituals, and the directive specified that the number of pilgrims in the third phase of the stages of gradual return to perform Umrah and visit 20 thousand pilgrims in One day, as a maximum, from inside and outside Saudi Arabia.

Mashat pointed out that there is an important factor in making a decision regarding increasing the number of Umrah performers from inside and outside the Kingdom, which is the internal policy of some countries about the extent of their readiness and their ability to open the skies and ports, and to send and receive their nationals from the pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia.

There is also another factor, which is the difficulty in forecasting the rate of infection in various countries of the world, or knowing the curves or escalation of the spread of the virus in other countries, and therefore the evaluation of the number of cases and the measurement of the escalation or decline of the virus will continue and assess the general situation, and then we will return to the four classifications of the countries that you have identified. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to measure the possibility of allowing the number of pilgrims to come to some countries so that we guarantee the safety of the pilgrim.