Tue 13 October 2020:
Foreign pilgrims coming from abroad will be allowed to perform Umrah and visit holy mosques from November 1
The Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah announced that 250,000 domestic pilgrims will be allowed to perform Umrah in the second phase of the gradual resumption of the pilgrimage.
Worshipers need to register through the Eatmarna App to obtain permits to perform Umrah as well as to visit the Grand Mosque and Rawdah Sharif, Al Omairi added.
So far, only nationals and residents in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to visit the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina. However, al-Omairi confirmed the previous announcement that foreign pilgrims will be allowed to visit starting from November 1، which marks the beginning of the third phase of the gradual lifting of the temporary suspension of the service.
Buses transporting pilgrims will be allowed to operate at no more than 40 per cent capacity. Only two Umrah pilgrims will be allowed to stay in a single room in compliance with the coronavirus-related precautionary measures.