Saudi authorities say that it will only allow those people to perform the year-round umrah who are immunised against Covid-19
The pilgrimage will only be open for those vaccinated. It will be from the start of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims.
A statement from the hajj and umrah ministry says that three categories of people would be considered ‘immunised’ – those who have had two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection.
Only these people will be eligible for umrah and prayers in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
Moreover, the same condition also applies for entering Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina.
The policy will start with Ramadan in Saudi. It also remains unclear how many pilgrims will be allowed for hajj this year.
Umrah sees millions of Muslims from across the globe each year.