First pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia for new Umrah season

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The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, (SPA)
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The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, (SPA)
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The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, (SPA)
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The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, (SPA)
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The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, (SPA)
Updated 03 September 2019

First pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia for new Umrah season

  • The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, and aims to remove obstacles for businesses offering services to pilgrims

JEDDAH: Saudi Director General of Passports Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya has welcomed the first flights of Umrah performers from outside the Kingdom at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. He said the General Directorate of Passports is prepared to receive and complete all procedures of Umrah performers arriving in the Kingdom.
Authorities said last month that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is seeking to issue 10 million visas for this year’s Umrah season. The visas will be issued electronically without the need to visit embassies and consulates for the stamp.
The ministry is seeking to issue Umrah visas for 30 million pilgrims by 2030, and aims to remove obstacles for businesses offering services to pilgrims.
The ministry ensures that all services are available to pilgrims inside and outside the Kingdom through the internet and reliable websites, which pilgrims use when making their bookings.
 


Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

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Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people continue to be banned.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

There will be an easing of the full lockdown measures in Makkah from June 21 and prayers at the city's mosques will be permitted.

 

— More to follow.