Saudi Arabia has decided to allow pilgrims fully vaccinated against Coronavirus to apply for the permit for performing Umrah and offering prayers at Masjid al-Haram.
The same condition will be applicable for applying for a permit to visit the Roza-e- Rasool (PBUH), the grave of the Prophet (PBUH), and pray at Masjid an-Nabawi.
On Sunday, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah opened applications for the permits of Umrah pilgrimage and to visit and pray at Masjid al-Haram and Masjid an-Nabawi.
In an official statement, the ministry asked the applicants to ensure they have received the second dose of the two-dose Coronavirus vaccine at least 48 hours before applying for the permits. Otherwise, their applications will be rejected.
The ministry further clarified that categories exempted from receiving the Coronavirus vaccine, as shown by the Tawakkalna application, will not be affected by the latest directive.
Besides, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has also updated the health status list on the Tawakkalna application, with the update also coming into effect on Sunday as well.
As per the update, the health status of ‘immune’ will now be given only to the people who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus by two doses of any of the vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac or one dose of J&J vaccine.
Those who have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and recovered from Coronavirus infection before or after the date of receiving the first dose will not be provided the ‘immune’ status on the Tawakkalna application.
Meanwhile, the Public Health Authority (PHA) of Saudi Arabia said that it is monitoring the developments taking place around the world regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and will constantly modify the precautionary and preventive measures in line with these developments.
Relaxation for Pakistani Pilgrims
Last month, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Noor ul Haq Qadri, said that COVID-19 related limitations on Pakistani Umrah pilgrims would be relaxed in a few weeks.
These remarks came after Saudi Arabia imposed additional restrictions on pilgrims from 8 countries including Pakistan.
Fully vaccinated Pakistani pilgrims intending to perform Umrah, visit Masjid al-Haram and Masjid an-Nabawi, and pray at these two Holy Sites can apply for the permits once Saudi Arabia announces to lift restrictions from Pakistan.