Saudi Arabia authorities on Monday has announced to allow only immune or vaccinated worshippers to perform Umrah and regular prayers at Khana-e- Kabbah in Makkah and Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.
The umrah pilgrimage to commence from the beginning of the Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah as saying that the “permits will be granted to worshippers who have already got the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, or those who took the first dose 14 days before applying to obtain the permit and those who already recovered from the infection”.
The policy would effectively “raise the operational capacity” of the Grand Mosque during Ramadan, it said, adding that the condition also applies for entry into the Holy Prophet s Mosque in the holy city of Madina.
It further said that the permits can be obtained through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps available on the ministry’s website.
Saudi Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr Abdulfattah Mashat had said that preparations have been arranged to receive more pilgrims, who must present the eatmarna app to authorities to confirm that their permits are valid before they land at the holy city of Makkah, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
The oil-rich kingdom saw a spike in the number of Covid-19 infections in recent days. As of Sunday, the country’s tally climbed up to 392,682 cases, including 6,697 casualities.