Umrah`s 3rd phase resumes from Nov 1...

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Umrah`s 3rd phase resumes from Nov 1

 International Desk

 Published: 02:44 PM, 25 October 2020   Updated: 02:45 PM, 25 October 2020

Umrah`s 3rd phase resumes from Nov 1

Umrah`s 3rd phase resumes from Nov 1

Citizens from outside Saudi Arabia will also be able to perform Umrah from November 1, following strict health guidelines and other regulations.

With the third phase of Umrah resumption approaching, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has so far issued more than 650,000 electronic Umrah permits as of October 23, according to a ministry official.

This comes as part of the gradual resumption of Umrah entering its third phase, where 20,000 pilgrims a day can perform their Umrah amid strict social distancing measures aiming at stopping the spread of coronavirus cases, which have seen a sharp rise in recoveries.

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, the undersecretary at the Ministry for Hajj and Umrah, said in a Skype interview with Al-Ekhbariya TV channel on Friday that Eatmarna app had seen more than 2.5 million installations and 1.2 million registrations.

Al-Maddah said that the number of times a pilgrim could apply for a new permit to perform Umrah depended mainly on the availability of numbers allowed to enter the Grand Mosque.

“As per the gradual Umrah resumption plan, the main objective of the application is to organize the number of pilgrims available at the Grand Mosque. So, a pilgrim cannot register or book for another Umrah until he is done with the previous one, and that is because of high demand on Umrah permits these days,” he said.

He said that pilgrims who have been given Umrah permits but who later find that they have developed COVID-19 symptoms or come into contact with infected people can cancel their registration.