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By the decree of King Salman, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior have now confirmed their decision to re-establish – over four phases - the performance of Umrah, as well as prayers and visitation to the two holy sanctuaries in Makkah and Madinah.

The move is part of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior's proposal to ease travel restrictions from September 15, with the complete lifting to come into effect on January 1, 2021.

First Stage

From Sunday, October 4th 2020 (17th Safar), Masjid al-Haram will be opened up to 6,000 citizens and residents per day for Umrah.

Second Stage

From Sunday, October 18th 2020 (1st Rabi al Awwal), Masjid al-Haram will be opened up to 15,000 citizens and residents per day for Umrah, as well as 40,000 worshippers per day for the five daily prayers.

Third Stage

From Sunday, November 1st 2020 (15th Rabi al Awwal), Masjid al-Haram will be opened up to 20,000 national and international pilgrims per day for Umrah, as well as 60,000 worshippers per day for the five daily prayers.

Fourth Stage

To re-open both sanctuaries at 100% of their natural capacity once the relevant authorities have confirmed COVID-19 no longer poses a threat.

Please note: the arrival of pilgrims and visitors from outside the Kingdom will be gradual, with entry granted to those that pass the Ministry’s strict criteria. For example, it will be obligatory for pilgrims carry a negative Covid-19 test certificate with them.

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Umrah is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah which can be undertaken at any time of the year.

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