Saudi Arabia allows foreign pilgrims to apply for Umrah permit using mobile application

Saudi Arabia has launched a new service that will allow foreign pilgrims to apply for Umrah permits and access the Grand Mosque in Mecca as well as the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina via mobile applications, local media reported on Sunday. Gave.

Last month, the Kingdom eased coronavirus precautionary measures and allowed pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque at full capacity.

While social distancing measures were lifted, pilgrims were still required to wear face masks and make reservations for performing Umrah and prayer through the Tawakkalna and Itamarna applications, to check their immunity status at the entrance of the Two Holy Mosques. can be verified. National,

The service is now being extended to foreign pilgrims, who can use the app to book their Umrah journeys and visit both the mosques.

The service has been launched by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in collaboration with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority. arab news informed of,

According to the ministry, the pilgrims applying for the permit will have to first register on the Kuddam platform. Travelers have been advised to download both itamarna and tawakkalna apps on their mobile phones before reaching Saudi Arabia.

On 16 October, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced the easing of restrictions across the country, including those related to the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

The next day, the Grand Mosque operated at full capacityWorshipers prayed shoulder to shoulder for the first time since the pandemic began.

Saudi Arabia announced in August that it would begin accepting vaccinations from foreigners wishing to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.

Umrah can be performed at any time and usually attracts millions of people from all over the world, as does the annual Hajj, which capable Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime.

In July, only about 60,000 vaccinated residents were allowed to participate in the mass shortened form of Hajj.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted both Muslim pilgrims, who are usually major revenue earners for the state earning a combined $12 billion annually.