Saudi Arabia: Foreign pilgrims to perform Umrah from Sunday Nov. 1.

Foreign pilgrims between the age of 18 and 50 will be allowed to perform Umrah starting this coming Sunday, Nov. 1.

Saudi Arabia permits entry of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom, which comes as part of the third phase of the gradual relaxation of Umrah service.

The pilgrims must remain three days in quarantine upon their arrival in the Kingdom, according to the precautionary measures and preventive protocols, issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to stem the spread of coronavirus.

All Umrah companies and establishments must adhere to the ministry’s regulations and controls regulating the reception of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom.

According to the regulations, pilgrims must have a PCR medical test certificate showing that they are free from coronavirus, issued by a reliable laboratory in their country, not more than 72 hours from the time of taking sample until the time of departure to the Kingdom.

The regulations include reservation for comprehensive accommodation, and this must include at least three meals during the three-day period of medical isolation.

The ministry stated that it is working, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned authorities, to determine the countries from where the Umrah performers can come and their numbers on a periodic basis.

The ministry instructed the service providers to display their services through the electronic marketing platforms approved in the Saudi central reservation and electronic certification system by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for contracts concluded between foreign agents and Umrah service providers.