Muslims no longer need to wait 14-days between two Umrahs

Saudi Arabia recently announced the ease of COVID restrictions within the country including the abolishment of the social distancing mandate within the Holy Mosques. Pilgrims who visit these Holy places no longer have to follow social distancing as long as they’re fully vaccinated and authorized by the government to perform their rituals.

Following this announcement, Saudi Arabia also lifted the 14-day waiting period between two Umrahs. This news comes as a blessing to the dozens of pilgrims who are on their way to perform this ritual following the ease of COVID restrictions.

Previously, after performing one Umrah, a Muslim would have to wait through a 14-day quarantine period before being eligible and authorized by the government to perform a second one. This policy made it extremely difficult for pilgrims on short visit visas to perform more than one Umrah as most visit visas to Saudi Arabia only last 2-3 weeks.

Now, pilgrims who visit the Holy country can perform Umrah as many times as they like during their stay. The sight of the Holy Mosques once again filling up with Muslim pilgrims is a sense of overdue peace after a long battle with COVID-19 policies. These Holy Mosques have seen more pilgrims in the last few weeks than they had in the last two years which is something that is hard to fathom as a Muslim.

As Muslims, this whole quarantine period and being unable to perform Hajj and Umrah for over a year has been nothing but a sign of the end of times. It’s hard to believe that we survived a period where most of the general population was unable or unauthorized to visit one of the most important places on Earth. Muslims around the world are nothing but grateful for the passing of this storm. They’re truly thankful to their Lord for allowing them to surpass this hardship and they’re showing their gratefulness by finally booking flights to visit the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, Chief of Planning and Strategy at the Ministry, had said in an interview that by easing preventive measures, the operational capacity of the Grand Mosque for Umrah and prayers has significantly increased and that he welcomes all foreign pilgrims with open arms to finally be able to perform their sacred duties.