Saudi Arabia has announced its decision to only allow people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 coronavirus to enter the two Holy Mosques.
In a statement, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said that people who are not inoculated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the two Holy Mosques i.e. Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina.
The new COVID-19 restrictions will come into effect from 1st Ramazan.
People who wish to enter the two Holy Sites for Umrah, need to have received both the shots of the vaccine.
Permits to enter the two Holy mosques can be obtained through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps available on the ministry’s website.
As far as preparations for Ramazan are concerned, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has said that the authorities will provide ready-made iftar meals for those visiting Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
It is to be noted that Saudi Arabia had started its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive back in December 2020 last year. So far more than 5 million people have been inoculated in the kingdom so far he German-American Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.