Published: 2021-03-22 13:45
Last Updated: 2021-04-11 17:44
Monday the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia announced that they will not issue permits to those under 18 years of age and over 70 years of age, based on instructions issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
Additionally, children cannot be added as companions but mothers are still allowed to apply as companion pilgrims, as reported by Okaz News.
In response to inquiries regarding the possibility of acquiring a Umrah permit for those over the age of 70 if they received the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah reiterated that no permits will be issued to those over 70 years old and there are no exceptions.
The Ministry pointed out that no vaccination requirements have been out in place for pilgrims yet. Muslims who wish to go are not required to provide a negative PCR test but must get a permit through the 'Eatmarna' application and provide their health status through the 'Tawakkalna' application.
The Ministry of Health had previously advised those who wish to perform Hajj or Umrah to get vaccinated but no decision has been made yet to introduce vaccination as a requirement.
People who wish to apply for Umrah can submit their application via the mobile app by the March. Citizens, residents and visitors currently in Saudi Arabia are welcome to apply.