New guidelines have been released by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for those who intend to perform Umrah during Ramadan. In an effort to ensure that all pilgrims have the opportunity to perform Umrah with ease and comfort, the ministry has announced that pilgrims are no longer allowed to repeat Umrah and can perform it once during Ramadan.
This decision was taken after careful consideration and consultation with health experts and religious scholars. It is part of the Saudi government’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of pilgrims and visitors during the holy month of Ramadan.
Obtaining a permit from the Nusuk app and following the specified time was emphasised by the Ministry as crucial for performing Umrah. If pilgrims wish to change their appointment date, they may delete their current appointment via the app before the permit time and issue a new permit. However, it is important to note that the Umrah date cannot be amended.
In addition to these new guidelines, the Ministry has also announced that all pilgrims must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 before performing Umrah. Pilgrims must also adhere to all health and safety protocols, including wearing face masks at all times and maintaining social distancing measures.
The Saudi government has implemented strict measures to control the spread of COVID-19, and these guidelines are a necessary step to ensure the safety of pilgrims and visitors during the holy month of Ramadan. While these guidelines may be disappointing for some, it is important to prioritize public health and safety over individual preferences.
The Ministry has also urged all pilgrims to cooperate with security and health officials and follow all guidelines and regulations. This includes cooperating with health screening procedures, adhering to quarantine rules if necessary, and following all rules and regulations set forth by the authorities.
The new guidelines issued by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims wishing to perform Umrah during Ramadan are a necessary step to ensure the safety of all pilgrims and visitors during the holy month. While it may be disappointing for some, it is important to prioritize public health and safety over individual preferences. We must all continue to follow the rules and regulations and work together to overcome this crisis and emerge stronger than ever.