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Saudi Arabia sets age restriction for international Umrah pilgrims

Visitors must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 20, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Nov 20, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

Saudi Arabia government has imposed an age restrictions for international pilgrim intending to visit the kingdom to perform Umrah. 

According to Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, visitors aged from 18 years to 50 years will be issued permits to perform the Umrah. 

The ministry also said that the pilgrims must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with vaccines recognised in Saudi Arabia.

They will have to present a vaccination certificate to obtain an electronic entry visa through the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s online platform. 

In August this year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health added SinoVac and Sinopharm to list of approved COVID-19 vaccines, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Before this, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna were the only approved vaccines in the kingdom.

Last month, the country eased the restrictions in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 after a sharp decline in positive case. 

After the restrictions were eased, worshippers were no longer required to observe social distancing in the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. Both mosques were also opened at their full capacity for the visitors. 

However, masks are still mandatory inside both mosques. 

Last week, the ministry also introduced a new service which will issue permits to overseas pilgrims for rituals at Masjid al-Haram and the Masjd-e-Nabwi, according to The National. 

Overseas pilgrims can book their visits to both mosques using Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps launched by the ministry. 

Those applying for permits on the app will have to first register on the Saudi Quddum platform. Only then they will be able to secure permits on the apps. 

Only people with permits will be allowed to enter the two holy mosques after their immunity status is verified at the entrances.

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  1. Fouzi  November 20, 2021 3:46 pm/ Reply

    Most of the people who go there take selfies and post on social media. So it’s good decision,it will atleast Dave pples money or they can visit some other countries for leisure.

  2. Nàzià khan  November 21, 2021 12:18 am/ Reply

    It is not good decision for age restriction
    If they r imposing this age restriction they should allow the hujj for all age please kindly consider this

    • M. Aslam Mirza  November 21, 2021 2:18 pm/ Reply

      Pity for aged above 50 yrs, restrictions should limit to health conditions not age. ALLAH is merciful and lot many above 50 are much much better in health, why should they suffer.

  3. muammad asif  November 21, 2021 12:38 am/ Reply

    when will umrah open for Pakistan

    • Ahmed  November 21, 2021 6:29 pm/ Reply

      HIT,,,,,, We (Pakistani) are Banned for Umrah without any reason. Please don’t make false news Umrah will not open for Pakistanis for 1year

  4. Wajid Jamil  November 21, 2021 12:39 am/ Reply

    Is the age limit also applicable to Saudi Arabian residents??

    • Abdul Sattar  November 21, 2021 11:30 am/ Reply

      Saudi Arabia is imposing unnecessary age restrictions which is totally unacceptable as people over 50 years of age will be only cursing the saudi government including those ummas who agree to this restrictions. Saudi Government should realise that Harmain is not only their sole property it is open for Muslims all over the world without any 18 or 50 years of age boundaries. If anyways this Government is not capable of handling things then they should call upon Other Muslim countries to guide them.

  5. Abdul Aziz  November 21, 2021 7:14 am/ Reply

    age factor is wrong . shoud be 60 year age

    • Naziran  November 22, 2021 10:49 am/ Reply

      i think that’s not good decision about age usually people start thinking after 50+ in Pakistan.

    • Mohammad Khalid  November 22, 2021 1:25 pm/ Reply

      Is the age limit also applicable to GCC residents??

  6. Shamim Maniar  November 21, 2021 9:50 am/ Reply

    All restrictions should be lifted. There should be no ban and Muslims aspiring to fulfill their religious obligations should be allowed to perform Umrah and Hajj irrespective of their age or country.

  7. Dr Shah  November 21, 2021 11:36 am/ Reply

    Can they justify age restriction by giving any references from Quran or Hadees ??

  8. Naseer  November 21, 2021 2:22 pm/ Reply

    It will discourage many individuals above 50 years who keep on earning in difficult times during their younger age to perform Umra and Hajj in their old age..Pakistan govt should request KSA govt to revise this policy in the larger interst of people..

  9. aslambinibrahim  November 21, 2021 6:08 pm/ Reply

    this is wrong , our religion has not imposed restrictions of age for umrah or hajj as specified by by saudia and should reconsider as there are elder persons, who save throughout their life for the sole purpose to meet the financial expenses to perform umrah hajj even after the age of 60

  10. Riaz Labtech  November 21, 2021 6:14 pm/ Reply

    Who gave rights to select age 18-50? for Ummrah. Is Islamic laws will change as willing of Aal e saud. Is kaaba and Mosque of Nabvi Muhammadﷺ personal property of Aal e saud?. Why Islamic scollors silent on the broken laws of age for Umrah. I put qustion to all islamc scollors selection of age for Umrah is allowed in Islam by KSA?

  11. Salim Merchant  November 21, 2021 6:23 pm/ Reply

    It is not suitable to restrict any Musalmaan for performing Umrah or Hajj.

  12. Zafar Iqbal  November 21, 2021 6:37 pm/ Reply

    It should be opened for all ages . and it should be normal entry in the kingdom as before corona .

  13. Iqbal Hussain  November 21, 2021 7:00 pm/ Reply

    Such announcement that’s age limit from 18-50 years seems immaturity of the govt. They must revisit & extend age limit. I believe keep it from 75 onward instead up to 50.

  14. Allah Bux Bhutto  November 21, 2021 7:42 pm/ Reply

    Age limits should be made atleast 60 years and at the time hujj special relaxation up to 65 to 70 years. Pakistan Government must be take up the matter with Saudi Government.

  15. Faiza  November 21, 2021 7:50 pm/ Reply

    Visa Kb open honge sudia K

  16. Abdul Rauf Jangra  November 21, 2021 8:45 pm/ Reply

    All the guest of ALLAH want to visit Harmain Sharifain.
    It is request to ministry of Hajj & Umrah kindly remove age restriction for Hajj and Umrah.

  17. Shahzad Ahmed  November 22, 2021 2:00 am/ Reply

    Most Respectfull Govt of Saudi Arabia.

    Please Please don’t impose any age restriction on Hajj and Umrah piligrams as they are guest of
    Remember nobody have any rights to stop Muslims visits to Haramain Sharifain.
    Humbly requested please get back this order for Happiness of ALLAH and RASOOL ALLAH.
    جزاک اللہ خیرا” کثیرا
    شہزاد احمد کراچی پاکستان

  18. Anjum Naeem cheema  November 22, 2021 8:49 am/ Reply

    There should be no age restriction because some people’s prepare themselves according to availability of if financial support will be offered a person in later stage of their lives,and they have great desire to perform ummrah,then this age restriction decision is not correct for them..please reconsider it

  19. Sahar  November 22, 2021 11:33 am/ Reply

    What about over 60 years female. Can they go for Ummrah with out Male Companions?

  20. Naseem Shaikh  November 22, 2021 7:51 pm/ Reply

    The children above 5 years should be allowed as the family which reside in UAE can not leave children alone n hence cannot perform Umrah.

  21. Mohd  November 23, 2021 7:37 am/ Reply

    I am also disagree about decision statement, becauce fully age 50 to 70 is very consisten to pray and pay intensif conformtablely with religion compare with below than 50.

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