Mohammed Quddus Zayed, director of a tourism, travel, Hajj and Omar company, said that the instructions and conditions set by Saudi Arabia for pilgrims from abroad will have a significant impact on the performance of Umrah for Jordanians, as the cost of Umrah will rise in comparison with previous years by 100%.
And Zayed said in a phone call with Ruya, that these conditions contain many complications, as it required the pilgrim to perform 5 corona checks (3 before going, 2 upon return), and this causes high costs for the one who wants to perform Umrah.
He added that the conditions would lead to an increase in the cost of Umrah, as the conditions required to go to perform the Umrah by air and it was not possible to go by land, even though Jordan is a neighboring country to Saudi Arabia, and it is linked by a common land border.
Zayed appealed to the Saudi competent authorities to reconsider these conditions and instructions, which he thought would cause reluctance to go for Umrah.
Zayed pointed out that this sector stopped for about 7 months due to the Corona pandemic, which incurred great losses and led to harm to its workers, despite their commitment to all financial matters required of them, such as rents and salaries.
He appealed to Dr. Bishr Al-Khasawneh’s government to set procedures for the tourism sector, so that it would work to provide them with facilities such as loans and salaries.
And Saudi Arabia announced upon the start of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom next Sunday, the first of November, according to a health protocol for pilgrims, as it included strict conditions to prevent the spread of the Corona virus among the pilgrims.
The conditions that Saudi Arabia set for the two foreign pilgrims included:
The age group allowed to perform Umrah from outside the Kingdom from the age of 18 to 50 years.
– Requiring pilgrims to submit a Pcr certificate with a negative result proving that they are free from infection with the Coronavirus.
Issuing the analysis from a reliable laboratory from the country of Al-Mu’tamir, a period not exceeding 72 hours from the time the sample is taken until the time of departure to Saudi Arabia.
– Prior reservation in the Two Holy Mosques, prayer in the Grand Mosque, visiting the Prophet’s Mosque and praying in the honorable kindergarten through the “Umrah Us” application.
The necessity of having confirmed airline reservations to go and return for every pilgrim.
Reservation of comprehensive accommodation for subsistence service at the rate of 3 meals during the period of sanitary isolation “3 days as a minimum.”
Providing a means to transport the pilgrim from the port to the residence and the pilgrim obtaining a comprehensive insurance policy.
Providing comprehensive field services to move between the campus, the residence, and the meeqaat with a guide for each group.
Educating those wishing to perform Umrah of the precautionary measures that must be applied throughout the journey of the pilgrim.
The importance of verifying the validity of the data and information of the pilgrim’s passport and the date of birth entered into the Umrah system.
Enter the pre-prepared information 24 hours before the arrival date with 100% accuracy.
Entering travel tickets and housing data in Makkah and Madinah.
Notifying the pilgrims to take precautionary health isolation for a period of 3 days upon arrival in the Kingdom in the hotels where the pilgrims reside.
Divide the pilgrims coming from abroad into groups, with each group as a minimum of 50 Umrah performers.
Book unified programs for pilgrims, including all services, in conjunction with the date of their reservation to perform Umrah and visit in accordance with the application of “Umrah.
– Appointing a guide for each group, and obliging the Saudi agent to continue providing the contracted services packages, including housing, transportation and subsistence services.
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