Yearly, millions of Muslims perform Umrah, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Umrah will be restricted from February 2020, and then pilgrims were unable to travel.
But Saudi Arabia has announced the opening of Umrah visas since November 2020, along with rules, Umrah regulations, and SOPs for pilgrims to follow.
They ensure that all Umrah pilgrims’ appointments and bookings were governed by following the regulations and SOPs. Even after the severe Covid-19 pandemic, they announced Umrah packages and accepted the current Umrah rules.
While it seemed difficult and inconvenient to incorporate Umrah Packages with these rules and SOPs, Alhamdulillah, by Allah’s grace, the pilgrims traveled with all SOPs and performed Umrah in 2020 with comfort and ease.
The travel agents did an excellent job of learning new rules and regulations and ensuring that our pilgrims were not faced any hassle or disturbed at any time. They were available 24/7 to provide guidance and help to all pilgrims in order to ensure a hassle-free Umrah by the new regulations and SOPs implemented by Authorities of Saudi Arabia.
The number of pilgrims is limited, and policies are being modified according to the law and in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation and cases.
It is essential that your agent must be aware of and follows all Saudi Arabian rules, and that the Umrah Packages 2021 designed to adhere to the SOPs and regulations for the 2021 Umrah.
At least, it’s a happy moment for the pilgrims who have been waiting for the Umrah to reopen and who intend to perform Umrah in 2021. Our Umrah Packages are designed in such a way that they comply with all Saudi Umrah regulations, ensuring that our pilgrims have an entire trouble-free pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is planning and working to gradually open up to more pilgrims, and eventually to everyone.
Who is eligible to perform Umrah in 2021?
There are some limitations in the context of age. The age limits of the Pilgrims from 18 to 50 are said to be willing to apply for an Umrah visa and fly to Saudi Arabia,
if they meet all of the guidelines of the government regulatory department. Also, your agent will provide you with guidance and assistance, Before you visit Saudi Arabia.
Is a PCR Test Necessary or not?
It is required before boarding. A PCR test must be conducted at least 72 hours before arrival in Saudi Arabia. Have yourself tested through certified testing centers with acceptable and validated certificates? Such tests will cost approximately $50. Also, remember to get a Fit to Fly Certificate.
Pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah must pass through quarantine:
Staying in quarantine is mandatory, so make sure your agent arranges for a three-day quarantine stay in your hotel with the facility of full board meals. Your transportation should be included in the package, and it should be arranged to bring you from the airport to your hotel, and then to Makkah and Madinah.
What would be the age restrictions and the group size for Umrah pilgrims?
The overall group size for Umrah must be 25 to 50 participants, with age limits, and each group is given its lead on the ground. Aside from that, there are a slew of other obligations to fulfill, including logistics and many more ahead.
Masjid E Nabawi and Haram Shareef have slots available for booking.
Make sure, your agent registers your visit details for convenience. Since it is a necessity to adopt all the SOPs, and you can visit during the prescribed time slot.
Are there any restrictions based on the country?
Officially, there do not seem to be any particular country restrictions, but this can change depending on the situation around the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, which is most likely impacted and under extreme lockdown; other countries may be restricted depending on the situation and time. So, there are no country-specific restrictions or limitations. However, every country’s policy for Umrah pilgrims is heavily affected by changes in the situation and the intensity of the Covid-19 cases. Before registering for an Umrah Visa and Umrah Package in 2021, it’s a good idea to stay informed about the Umrah regulations and policies.
The dates for performing Umrah have been fixed or not?
Since the application is completely online, it is not possible to alter or cancel the dates. So, it’s necessary to double-check everything; otherwise, you won’t be able to cancel or change your Umrah package reservation on short notice. Make sure your agent enters your names and information into an online Umrah App at least 24 hours before you travel. Any mistakes can cause problems while traveling, and the Umrah ministry has been very strict about regulations and SOPs due to pandemic situations.
As the Covid-19 is still causing a significant threat to global health systems. Professional health advice and SOPs must be kept in mind to ensure that Muslims’ lives are not threatened by Covid-19. So, if anyone wants to perform Umrah in 2021 then following all the SOPs should be the foremost priority.