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Saudi Arabia announce second phase of opening Umrah from October 18

The Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah announced on Tuesday that around 250,000 domestic pilgrims would be allowed to perform Umrah in the second phase of the gradual resumption of the pilgrimage and visits to the Two Holy Mosques from Sunday (Oct. 18).

The second phase of Umrah will begin on October 18, while the third phase, which allows pilgrims from outside the Kingdom, will begin on November 1.

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.

Foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform Umrah and visit the Rawdah from Nov. 1, 2020 which marks the beginning of the third phase of the gradual lifting of the temporary suspension of the service.

The mechanism for the quota selection from countries will be announced later. It is not clear now how many countries will be allowed to send their pilgrims for Umrah due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in those countries.

The authorities would soon announce details of the countries from where pilgrims can come to perform Umrah effective from the third phase of the resumption of Umrah service.

Buses transporting pilgrims will be allowed to operate at no more than 40 per cent capacity, and only two Umrah pilgrims will be allowed to stay in a single room in compliance with the coronavirus-related precautionary measures.

As part of these measures, the Grand Mosque is being sterilized 10 times every day. There is sterilization before the entry and after the exit of each batch of pilgrims. The Zamzam water to be distributed to the pilgrims in packaged bottles.