Following the launch of the new mobile application for Umrah, Saudi Arabia registered nearly 16,000 Saudi nationals and expatriates just a few hours after its launch, with the first 10 days already booked.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had previously announced that the pilgrimage will commence in three phases, with the first phase only allowing 12 groups of pilgrims (6,000 people) in 24 hours. The third phase will see the arrival of pilgrims from abroad, but the kingdom is yet to disclose which nationalities will be allowed in.
Although medical teams will be available to assist and offer help to the pilgrims, visitors will not be allowed to approach the Holy Kaaba and the Black Stone. Mecca’s Grand Mosque will also be sterilized 10 times a day, in addition to a sterilization process before entry and after the departure of each batch of pilgrims. In addition, Zamzam water will be given to the pilgrims in packaged bottles. Only people aged 18-65 will be eligible to perform Umrah.
The mobile application can be downloaded here.