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Umrah pilgrimage
Saudi Arabia announces guidelines for Maldivian Umrah pilgrims, amid Covid-19
 
The opportunity to perform Umrah will only be given to those aged between 18-50 during the pandemic
 
All visitors are required to adhere to safety measures from arrival until departure
 
Some of the guidelines include making reservations before visiting either of the two Harams of Muqaddas
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24 Jan 2021 | Sun 22:11
Special procedures are to be followed by all Maldivians travelling to perform Umrah
Saudi gazette

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has established a set of guidelines to be followed when Maldivian pilgrims visit to perform Umrah pilgrimage, during the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

This comes at a time Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid has engaged in discussions with his counterpart in the kingdom, as well as the Saudi government to pave eases for Maldivians who wish to perform their Umrah duties, at a time there have been several restrictions to air travel, as well as the closure of borders across the world.

According to the set guidelines, only those aged between 18 – 50 years will be permitted to travel to Saudi to perform Umrah pilgrimage, in line with the kingdom’s Ministry of Health’s safety precautions.

Further, Maldivian pilgrims will be required to make reservations beforehand, through their travel agents or Umrah groups, if they wish to visit either of the two Muqaddas Harams.

Maldivians are also to provide negative PCR test results effective 72 hours prior to departure from the island nation, acquired from a certified laboratory in the country.

The guidelines further mandate Maldivian pilgrims to make airline reservations in accordance to their trip schedule as well as going into quarantine for three days at their booked accommodation facilities upon arrival.

In accordance, all Maldivian pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia must ensure they strictly adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions, measures and guidelines placed from arrival until they depart the Saudi Kingdom.

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