Jeddah: An estimated 10,000 foreign pilgrims are expected to arrive in Saudi to perform Umrah, starting next week.
The move, made with strict guidelines in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, will bring relief to more than 500 Umrah companies in the Kingdom, Arab News reported.
Guidelines for the pilgrimage were laid out by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and will be applied from November 1, in its phased resumption of services.
Only those pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 50 years will be allowed and all entrants must present a PCR test certificate proving that they have tested negative for Covid-19 from a pre-approved laboratory.
They must also book their pilgrimages through the Eatmarna app while confirmed return flights, accommodation bookings and a comprehensive insurance policy that suit their Umrah programmes are mandatory.