Egypt is preparing to announce new regulations for the travel of...

A source at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt revealed that the Egyptian regulations for Umrah, which will be issued by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani, next week.

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The controls included setting a numerical quota for Egyptian pilgrims this year due to the conditions of the Corona pandemic, and that the number allowed to travel from Egypt to perform Umrah is about 200 thousand pilgrims, pointing out that the first Umrah trips will start within a month from the announcement of the controls.

The source added that the 200,000 Umrah visas set by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will be distributed equally to the tourism companies organizing Umrah trips this year, noting that there are requirements that must be met by the tourism companies that will organize Umrah, such as submitting a bank guarantee letter as well as documenting Umrah agency contracts with Saudi agents, in addition to the presence of religious tourism supervisors with the company accredited by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The source indicated that the Corona pandemic was the main reason behind the Ministry of Tourism’s setting a numerical quota, as there are health procedures that will be applied to those going for Umrah from Egypt since their travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and until their return from it. In addition to the necessity of giving the quarantine departments at the airports sufficient time and capabilities to deal with the Egyptian pilgrims traveling or returning from performing the rituals.

The source explained that the regulations organizing Umrah prohibited solidarity between tourism companies in organizing Umrah trips, and prohibited the circulation and sale of visas between companies, pointing out that the companies that will be proven to sell the visas allocated to them to others will cancel their license.

The source stressed that the Health Pandemic Crisis Management Committee will have the first and last opinion on the issue of Egyptians’ travel dates for Umrah, pointing out that the Committee has the right to cancel Egyptians’ travel for Umrah if it considers that traveling to perform Umrah may lead to harm to Egyptian pilgrims, whether while they are in Saudi Arabia or returning Of which.

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