Hajj Ministry announces PCR test not required for foreign pilgrims; COVID-19 insurance is still a must

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Saudi Hajj Ministry has confirmed that foreign Umrah pilgrims no longer need negative PCR or rapid antigen test result to enter Saudi Arabia. 

Riyadh— The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that Umrah pilgrims from abroad (foreign) no longer need a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result to enter Saudi Arabia. 

The ministry added that COVID-19 virus insurance is still a compulsory condition of entry for foreign pilgrims to enter the Kingdom for Umrah. 

The duration of stay for those coming on an Umrah visa is 90 days only. The ministry noted that the pilgrim could travel between Makkah, Madinah, and other Saudi cities. 

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Meanwhile, the ministry has introduced an electronic design for the Umrah Trip program for foreign pilgrims. The pilgrims can choose this program directly and without an intermediary during the new annual Umrah season.

Pilgrims can apply for an Umrah visa through the approved e-platforms for Umrah services through this link. Umrah pilgrims can also check the requirements of Umrah according to their country at the ministry’s website.

Persons not vaccinated for the Coronavirus too will be allowed to pray in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

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Non-vaccinated pilgrims can also get Umrah permits through the Eatmarna app, provided they were not infected or in contact with a COVID-19 infected person.

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