The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has just implemented a new rule regarding Umrah pilgrimage for all age groups of pilgrims. The new rules require an interval of 10 days between the issuance of two Umrah permits.
The ministry explained the new rule on its official Twitter account in response to a question made by a worshiper on this matter.
The ministry said that a pilgrim who had previously obtained permission to perform Umrah could book for a second Umrah appointment through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalan applications after completing the specified 10-day period after completing the first Umrah.
The latest restrictions taken by the ministry are attributed to the re-implementation of coronavirus health precautionary measures and recent preventive protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing at the Two Holy Mosques due to the spike in positive cases in the Kingdom, especially after the emergence of the variant of the coronavirus of Omicron.
This kind of restriction has actually been applied before, where the ministry imposed a 15-day gap between the implementation of the two Umrah pilgrimages, which was later canceled on October 15, 2021.
Previously the Saudi authorities had also lifted all restrictions related to the coronavirus, including allowing the implementation of Umrah and Salah at the Two Holy Mosques and visits to Al-Rawda Sharif at the Prophet’s Mosque at total capacity since October 17, 2021.
The decision was taken following a directive of the Custodian of the Two Mosques, Holy King Salman.
Meanwhile, all pilgrims from within and outside the country who are 12 years old and above who have obtained immune health status on their Tawakkalna application after completing the vaccine against the coronavirus have also been allowed to perform Umrah and prayer at the Grand Mosque.