Saudi Press Agency has quoted the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah as saying that the new platform has been linked to the services provided on the "Visit Saudi Arabia" to facilitate the pilgrims heading to two holy cities.
The special force of the Grand Mosque in Makkah have arrested a Yemeni resident after a video of him holding a banner inside the Grand Mosque claiming to perform an Umrah pilgrimage on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II went viral on social media.
Those who wish to perform Umrah from nations other than those countries, which are currently qualified, should apply for visas at the Kingdom’s embassies in their respective countries.
After a hiatus of over two years, pilgrims at the grand mosque in Kaaba will be able to touch and kiss Holy Kaaba or Hajar Al Aswad (Black Stone).
The authorities highlighted that the move is applicable to all pilgrims irrespective of their nationalities.
The ministry said in a press statement that the number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia has reached more than 390,000, adding that the selection of candidates will be done by electronic lottery.
It is great news that Saudi Arabia eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed most pilgrims from around the world to offer Umrah and perform Hajj (“Saudi Arabia scraps PCR tests, quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers,” March 6, Gulf Today website).
It is great news that Saudi Arabia has opened to collect Umrah pilgrimage form from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that those who obtain tourist visas and commercial visas will now be allowed to submit papers (“Commercial and tourist visa holders can now perform Umrah,” Gulf Today, Aug.14).
The year 2020 will leave terrifying and unforgettable memories all over the world. The resuming of Umrah pilgrimage from October 4 is good news for Muslim Ummah (“Saudi to gradually resume Umrah pilgrimage from October 4,” Sept. 26, Gulf Today).