Only vaccinated pilgrims to be allowed to enter holy mosques in Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said that only those pilgrims who have received coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to enter the holy mosques.

According to Saudi media reports, the kingdom has announced new terms and conditions for visitors and Umrah pilgrims. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the new terms and conditions will be effective from 1st of the holy month of Ramazan.

The new guidelines say only the pilgrims who have undergone coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to visit Masjid-e-Nabawi and Masjid al-Haram.

The ministry made it clear that any person who wishes to visit the two holy mosques for Umrah or offering prayers must have received both the shots of the vaccine, otherwise, they will not be allowed to enter the mosques. Even after getting vaccine, all those praying in the mosques will still have to follow the coronavirus protocols of Saudi Arabia. The ministry said the visitors and pilgrims will be allowed to choose the date and time of their visit to the holy mosques contingent upon strict adherence to the coronavirus protocols.

Three categories of people would be considered “immunised” — those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection.

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