The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and representatives of competent authorities received here on Sunday the first Umrah batch for this season coming from Pakistan and Indonesia.
The first flight carrying foreign pilgrims from Pakistan landed at the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah at 4:00 pm, a Saudi newspaper reported. A second flight arrived at 4:30 pm from Indonesia at the same airport.
“All health precautions are in place,” head of the airport Essam Fouad said, referring to measures against the spread of the new coronavirus.
The measures in place are to achieve two goals simultaneously: preserving human safety on one hand and meet the wish of so many Muslims from inside and outside the Kingdom to perform Umrah and visit on the other.
The ministry said Umrah performers would be subject to a three-day medical isolation upon their arrival.
Under the new measures, 20,000 pilgrims, 60,000 worshippers and 19,500 visitors will be allowed per day with strict preventive measures taken as per the operating capacity of the holy places.