Children aged five and above can obtain permits for Umrah and pray at Al-Rawdah Sharifa.
Riyadh — There is no age requirement for children accompanying their families to perform prayer at the Two Holy Mosques. Hajj Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for the Service of Pilgrims and Umrah Performers Hisham Bin Abdel Moneim Saeed confirmed.
During an interview with the Al Saudiya channel, Saeed clarified that the Ministry is organizing pilgrims according to the absorptive capacity. Therefore the minimum age for issuing permits for Umrah and pray at Al-Rawdah Sharifa is limited only to children aged five and above.
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Pilgrims wishing to perform Umrah can have permits issued through the Eatamarna and Tawakkalna apps. Saeed said that the two applications are necessary to facilitate the organizational processes. These also extend the understanding of the extent of the absorptive capacity and improve pilgrims’ digital experience.
People not vaccinated for COVID-19 or those who have not completed immunization can perform Umrah and pray at the two Holy Mosques. However, provided they are not infected with coronavirus or have contacted people infected with the virus.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry has canceled the permits to pray in the Grand Mosque and visit the Prophet’s Mosque. The cancellation is based on the decision to lift all preventive measures at the Two Holy Mosques
It is still mandatory to obtain permits for performing Umrah and visit Al-Rawdah Sharifa in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
The Ministry has also canceled the requirement to submit an approved PCR test and cancel the institutional and home quarantine for pilgrims abroad.
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Also, there’s no need to register immunization information for pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom to obtain an Umrah permit.
All social distancing measures in the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque are canceled. However, worshipers still need to wear facemasks.