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Saudi Arabia: What are the new coronavirus quarantine rules for foreign Umrah pilgrims?

MAKKAH: An official at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Wednesday held a workshop to announce new quarantine guidelines for overseas pilgrims in mild of the coronavirus pandemic, because the Kingdom opens the Holy Mosque to worshippers on November 1.

According to the deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah Services, Dr Amr Almaddah, overseas pilgrims would now be required to enter a three-day quarantine upon arrival into Saudi Arabia.

What comes after quarantine?

Umrah firms are chargeable for educating the pilgrims, he added, noting that after their quarantine interval ends, they might transport the worshippers to the closest Miqat to placed on their Ihrams and resume the rituals.

Dr Almaddah underscored that the Hajj and Umrah ministry has “allocated 10% of the hotels [operations] to isolate pilgrims suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, God forbid”.

Umrah firms should apprise the overseas pilgrims of the precautionary measures that have to be utilized all through the Umrah journey, he added.

The ministry, he stated, has additionally set up laws and numerous controls to guard the well being of everybody — each residing within the Kingdom and people coming in to Saudi Arabia to carry out Umrah — and created a conducive atmosphere for companions within the Umrah sector.

Saudi CDC monitoring coronavirus scenario

The official additional famous that the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) was on alert concerning the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) scenario in all of the nations from the place the pilgrims can be coming in with the intention to keep abreast of required info which may be relayed to authorities forward of Umrah arrivals.

The third part of Umrah resumption within the Kingdom commences November 1 and it’s then that the overseas pilgrims, restricted to twenty,000 — can be let into the Kingdom. They can be allowed to carry out every day rituals on the situation of strict adherence to the social distancing measures.

Over 1.2 million Umrah permits issued

Separately, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) stated on Twitter the variety of folks registered on the Eatmarna app stood at 1,433,176, as of Rabiul Awwal 10, 1442 AH.

The whole variety of permitted functions from Umrah beneficiaries have been 1,226,715, as of the identical date, it added.

Dr Almaddah highlighted that it was obligatory for overseas pilgrims to have full medical insurance coverage ought to they develop COVID-19 signs or contract the virus, in response to Arab News.

Accommodation; accommodations and requirements

Furthermore, Al Khaleej Today quoted one other official as stating that the Kingdom has over “1,800 hotels and over 250,000 housing units in Makkah and these include furnished rooms and apartments”.

A member of the nationwide Hajj and Umrah committee, Muhammad Al-Qurashi, defined that accommodations ranging from three stars and as much as 5 stars should guarantee the best requirements of precautionary measures

Three meals a day obligatory

The accommodations starting from three to 5 stars should apply the best requirements of coronavirus precautionary measures in the course of the time the overseas pilgrims keep in Saudi Arabia.

“With the start of the third phase on Sunday, around 30-40% of hotels in the central Haram region and hotels near the Grand Mosque will be operational,” he stated, as per the publication.

The Hajj and Umrah ministry has made it compulsory for accommodations to make sure the room hire contains three meals a day for every pilgrim in the course of the quarantine interval. Moreover, open buffets in any respect accommodations have been banned throughout this era.

While in quarantine, it have to be made certain that not more than two people keep in a single room and all members of the family should guarantee social distancing of 1.5 metres (roughly 5ft).

Supervisors and guards can be stationed at every lodge to make sure no pilgrim leaves unnecessarily and to facilitate their exit.

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