Saudi Arabia Announces E-Visa For Hajj And Umrah Pilgrimage
On October 3, 2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health approved for vaccinated pilgrims to perform Hajj and Umrah. The Tawakkalna application allows the ministry and authorities to track the vaccination status of every individual. The advancement of technology in tracking and combating COVID-19 has aided in the safe performance of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. One such innovation is the application of Hajj and Umrah e-visa registration.
Umrah And Hajj During COVID-19 In 2021-2022
Because new strains of COVID-19 infections were spreading over the world at times, authorities imposed stringent limitations on Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage. In July, only 60,000 individuals arrived to perform Hajj, compared to an annual average of 2 million Hajj pilgrims. The permitted pilgrims were completely immunized with doses of Oxford’s AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or one dosage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the most recent data, Saudi Arabia reports 545k overall cases and 8.78k deaths because of COVID-19. However, in recent times, the numbers have decreased significantly. As a result, authorities are ready to allow as many foreign pilgrims as possible.
Mobile Application E-Visa For Hajj And Umrah
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan announced the launch of an electronic visa registration smartphone app. The name of the app, its specs, and the required fields for form registrations will be made public very soon by the authorities. The application will surely help to alleviate the crowding at visa processing centres.
People who are unaware of the new protocols will benefit from the biometric application. This biometric application will help all the people who are unaware of the new protocols. Experts assume that it would include instructions for completing Umrah and Hajj.
Overseas pilgrims can apply for Umrah, prayer, visit permits via Eatmarna, Tawakkalna apps. Pilgrims will be required to submit all the needed documents along with the vaccination certificate. The authorities will check the information and automatically issue e-visas based on the accuracy of the information.
Masjid Al-Haram Will Operate At Full Capacity
On October 17, 2021, another significant announcement was made by the authorities at Masjid Al-Haram. The Grand Mosque administrators are removing limitations on the number of pilgrims who can perform Hajj and Umrah. They made this decision considering a decrease in COVID-19 cases and an increase in pilgrimage queries. Local media outlets are posting images and videos of individuals praying together while preserving a minimum of social distance. Though social distancing has been eased in Al-Haram, pilgrims must still wear masks at all times within the mosque’s perimeter.
Saudi Arabia has also eased pilgrimage restrictions in many countries, including the United Kingdom. Because of the severity of COVID-19, only pilgrims from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were allowed to perform the pilgrimage. As the world begins to recover from the devastation caused by COVID-19’s new strains, Saudi Arabia continues to open doors for these countries.
Authorities are tracking pilgrims coming to Makkah using a variety of cellphone applications. These applications will reveal a person’s vaccination status, infection status, visa authenticity, and much more. Authorities ask pilgrims to obey the instructions issued by the authorities and to stay informed of any changes.
In addition, many online portals and support centers are available to assist pilgrims with their Hajj and Umrah-related inquiries. Worshippers are encouraged to take advantage of such places to ensure a safe trip.
Overseas pilgrims can apply for Umrah, prayer, visit permits via Eatmarna, Tawakkalna apps.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the launch of a new service that allows foreign pilgrims to get permits for Umrah and prayer in the Grand Mosque, as well as visits to the Prophet’s Mosque, through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna Applications, in collaboration with the Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah emphasized that the service will be available via Eatmarna and Tawakkalna after enrolling on the Saudi “Quddum” platform.
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