MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has announced the resumption of Umrah service for pilgrims abroad from August 9 following a successful Hajj season, state press agency SPA said.
Nearly 500 companies and contractors are preparing to receive foreign pilgrims to perform the Umrah starting on the first of Muharram under the condition they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The aspiring pilgrims can book Umrah packages and make all the payments through around 30 electronic sites and platforms that are available for global reservations, according to Hani Ali Al-Amiri, member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah.
Only those who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus can apply for an Umrah visa. Umrah aspirants also need to be in excellent health conditions and must comply with protocols aimed to ensure the safety of the pilgrims coming from abroad, the committee member said in a statement.
Amiri said that all services and packages are available online and can be availed on global and local booking platforms approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah through a B2B (business-to-business) group system or through a B2C (business-to-consumer) individual system, while Saudi Umrah companies offer housing, transportation, and all ground services packages.