Saudi Arabia Sets Age Limit For Overseas Umrah Pilgrims

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca | AFP file photo

Riyadh- Saudi Arabia has said that it will only allow people aged 18 to 50 to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.

The kingdom's Ministry of Umrah and Hajj said that overseas pilgrims have to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus with vaccines approve by the country to get a visa, Gulf News reported.

In an effort to make procedures easier for foreign Umrah pilgrims, the ministry recently introduced health apps Eatmarna and Tawakkalna, which allows them to avail permits for performing rituals in Mecca's Grand Mosque and praying in Medina's Prophet Mohammed Mosque, it said.

Domestic pilgrims must get identical licenses and refrain from bringing youngsters into the Grand Mosque.

Saudi Arabia relieved restrictions against Covid-19 this month, citing a stabilization of the country's epidemiological situation and a steep decrease in infections.

The relaxed measures include ending distancing for worshippers in the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina where full capacity has been reinstated.

However, worshippers are required to continue wear face masks at both mosques.

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