Books – Youssef Afifi:
Saudi Arabia will begin receiving pilgrims from outside the Kingdom, starting from August 10, leaving the health authorities in the Kingdom to determine the countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to perform Umrah, according to the development of the epidemiological situation of the Corona virus in those countries.
Egyptian tourism companies working in “Hajj and Umrah” are awaiting the issuance of a decision by the Saudi authorities to include Egypt in the near future in the list of countries that allowed them to open the door for Umrah for those coming from outside the Kingdom to start organizing Umrah trips, and to compensate for the losses of two years since the decision to cancel Umrah trips in March of the year The past after the spread of the new Corona virus.
The Chamber of Tourism Companies said that the decision to suspend the travel of Egyptian citizens to Saudi Arabia represents a major obstacle towards the Egyptians performing Umrah during the new season, wishing to allow the reception of Egyptian pilgrims and in accordance with the health controls that it deems appropriate for the success of the Umrah season and that none of the pilgrims were infected with the Corona virus during the performance of the rituals.
For his part, Yasser Sultan, a former member of the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah, and a member of the General Assembly of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, expressed his hopes for lifting the name of Egypt from the countries whose citizens are prohibited from traveling to Saudi Arabia, saying: “I think that when the ban is lifted, Saudi Arabia will start receiving pilgrims from Egypt.” .
Sultan confirmed, to “Masrawy”, that the Egyptian tourism companies are ready to work as soon as the new season opens, waiting for a breakthrough, and then the regulations governing Umrah, whether (Egyptian or Saudi).
He pointed out that Saudi procedures and controls will maintain social distancing, whether in places of residence or transportation, or imposing medical insurance on travelers, pointing out that the increase in the price of airline tickets and services will lead to higher prices for programs.
“Masrawy” monitors the names of the countries prohibited from external Umrah until further notice, according to the system of the Umrah route, as follows:
1- United States of America
3- South Africa
7- United Kingdom
21- Firuz Islands
28- Hong Kong
32- United Arab Emirates
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had announced the most important conditions for performing Umrah for pilgrims from abroad, as the Umrah abroad begins to return as of August 10.
The Ministry stipulated that all those wishing to perform Umrah, visit the Prophet’s Mosque and pray in the Grand Mosque, complete receiving doses of the Corona virus vaccine approved in the Kingdom, with attaching the certificate of immunization approved by the official authorities in the country of the pilgrim as part of the justification for the request, with the requirement that it be one of the vaccines approved in the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stressed the necessity of adhering to the institutional quarantine procedures for the entry of travelers coming to the Kingdom in accordance with the mechanisms approved by the competent authorities, while allowing the age group wishing to come for Umrah from abroad from 18 years and above in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health and achieving distancing within the Two Holy Mosques.
The ministry said that this is through prior reservation for performing Umrah, praying in the Grand Mosque, visiting the Prophet’s Mosque and praying in the honorable Rawda, in accordance with the controls and absorptive capacity approved in the “Umrahna” platform.
She added that defining the countries from which pilgrims come and their numbers are subject to the classification of preventive measures and requirements approved by the competent authorities in Saudi Arabia, and update them periodically.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stressed the importance of the pilgrims reviewing one of the approved medical centers in the country of the pilgrim to verify the health status before requesting the issuance of a visa in accordance with the controls and standards approved by the Ministry of Health in this regard, according to the schedule established between the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the Ministry of Health for the list of countries that start Implementation of the health security project in it.
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