No umrah permits for domestic pilgrims 70 and above in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has announced that umrah permits will not be issued for domestic pilgrims aged 70 and above irrespective of their coronavirus vaccination status, local media reported.
According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom can apply for umrah permits only if they are aged between 18 and 69 as per the instructions of the Ministry of Health. It is also not allowed to add children as companions while the permit holder can add his/her mother as a companion,” the ministry said.
The ministry also revealed that taking coronavirus vaccination is not a prerequisite to obtaining permits, explaining that the permits can be acquired through the ministry’s Eatmarna application. The applicants must also prove that they are free of coronavirus through the Tawakkalna application.
The Ministry of Health had previously advised those wishing to perform Hajj and umrah to come forward to take vaccines against coronavirus, while the assistant minister of Health and the Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammad Al Abdul Ali said on Sunday that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for to perform umrah is still under study.
The ministry said recently that the vaccination against coronavirus is mandatory for those wishing to perform Hajj this year.