Only vaccinated pilgrims be allowed in Mecca
Saudi authorities say that only those who have been inoculated against COVID-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, starting from the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia released a statement with regard to this, reiterating that only “immunised people” will be granted permits to perform Umrah as well as prayers in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
Accordingly, those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, having received one dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before performing the pilgrimage will be permitted in the Grand Mosque.
Only 10,000 Muslim residents of Saudi Arabia itself were allowed to take part in the Hajj last year, due to COVID-19 concerns.