Saudi Arabia Allows Only Vaccinated Pilgrims to Enter Mecca

Saudi Arabias Ministry of Hajj announced that Only pilgrims who have been vaccinated against the novel coronas virus or have recovered will be allowed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca

Permits for Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca(Umrah) and to visit the Grand Mosque will be granted to those who have received two Covid-19 vaccine vaccinations; those who have received a first dose at least two weeks days before their visit to Medina and Mecca; and those who have had the virus and recovered, Arab News  reported

In addition, it is to ensure that before embarking on a trip, a visitor's vaccination status will have to be registered on Saudi Arabia's Covid-19 app, 'Tawakkalna', which was launched last year to track the Covid-19 situation in the Kingdom. According to the Ministry, the people who wish to visit the two mosques or perform Umrah will have to register via the Tawakkalna app and the Umrah app, 'Eatmarna'. It added that the two apps are the only platforms that issue genuine permits.

Nearly 10,000 Grand Mosque workers have already been inoculated as part of the Ramadan operational plan, the report added

More than 13 million worshippers wearing masks and observing physical distancing rules have visited the mosques since the seven-month prayer and Umrah suspension was lifted last October.

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