Noor ul Haq Qadri, the Pakistani Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, said that restrictions for Pakistani Umrah pilgrims would be lifted in the next two to three weeks. The Minister while inaugurating a new building for Hajj pilgrims at Haji Camp phase 7 in Peshawar said that Covid-19 related restrictions are easing globally and soon restrictions for Umrah pilgrims would be relaxed. What is this new building for? How long has the entry been banned? What are the conditions for entering the Kingdom? Keep reading for more.
A New Building for Facilitating the Pilgrims!
The new building for the Hajj pilgrims would help in facilitating them under one roof. He said,
Besides teaching courses and classes for Hajj pilgrims, the facility will also offer verification of required documents and Covid-19 vaccination under one roof.
What Did He Say Regarding the Increased Payments in Terms of Hajj and Umrah?
The Pakistani Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, further negated that any increased payments are being received in terms of Hajj and Umrah from the pilgrims and said that an additional expense is owing to a hike in fares of airlines.
From How Long has the Entry been Banned by the Kingdom?
Federal Religious Affairs Minister, Noor ul Haq Qadri, said Pakistani Umrah pilgrims, among those from nine (9) states that haven’t been allowed entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Minister said Pakistan was still amongst the nine (9) countries that are not allowed unconditionally into the Kingdom. Read more: A Fine of 10,000 Riyals to be Imposed on Umrah Pilgrims
Conditions for the Entry of Travelers into the Kingdom
However, Saudi Arabia has allowed travelers to enter the country on the condition that those who have completed two (2) doses of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines must receive an additional dose of one of the four (4) approved vaccines. The guidelines were issued by the Saudi Arabian e-visa portal for travelers after reopening the entry of vaccinated international visitors. Read more: Saudi Tourist And Saudi Visit Visa Holders Can Perform Umrah Now
Which Vaccines are Approved in the Kingdom?
The Saudi authorities announced that those who have received both the doses of the Chinese vaccines including Sinovac and Sinopharm must get a booster shot of one of the four (4) approved vaccines including: Read more: Procedure to Cancel and Get Another Online Appointment for Umrah
- Astra Zeneca.
- Moderna or
- Johnson and Johnson.
The restriction on the entry of Pakistani pilgrims will be lifted soon by the government. However, some conditions must be followed to enter the country which includes getting vaccinated by one of the four approved vaccines in the Kingdom. Or if you have received the Chinese vaccines then receive an additional booster shot of the approved vaccines. For more, visit our website. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news.